Arrest warrants out for FETO terror suspects
Hunt for suspects linked to FETO terror group underway across Turkey
Turkish security authorities on Tuesday launched multiple operations in various provinces to arrest terror suspects affiliated with the FETO -- the terror group behind the bloody failed coup attempt of 2016.
Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for a total of 191 suspects, including 181 on-duty members of the Turkish Air Forces, and security forces started Izmir-based simultaneous operations in 22 provinces.
Security sources also announced that 145 of the suspects were arrested.
Separately, prosecutors issued arrest warrants for a total of 44 suspects, including eight on-duty members of the Turkish Armed Forces, and security forces started Istanbul-based simultaneous operations in eight provinces.
Security sources said 33 of the suspects were arrested.
Prosecutors in the capital Ankara also issued arrest warrants for a total of 32 suspects, including 13 on-duty members of the Turkish Air Forces.
Security sources announced that 25 of the suspects were arrested in simultaneous operations in 14 provinces.
In another Ankara-based operation, the prosecutors also issued arrest warrants for eight suspects, including an on-duty member of the Turkish Gendarmerie General Command.
FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Turkey also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
* Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur in Ankara