Turkey: 10 FETO suspects arrested over terror ties

Arrest warrants issued for 12 suspected members of terrorist group, police hunt underway to nab remaining suspects

Cemil Murat Burak and Serdar Acil   | 01.11.2019
Turkey: 10 FETO suspects arrested over terror ties


Turkish police on Friday arrested 10 alleged members of FETO, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, as part of an investigation into terror group’s infiltrating the naval forces command.

The arrests came after prosecutors in Ankara, the Turkish capital, issued arrest warrants for 12 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) suspects for using ByLock, the terror group’s encrypted smartphone messaging app, and for having communication through pay phone with other members of the organization, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Among the suspects were retired, dismissed, suspended, and on active-duty soldiers.

The arrests were made in various provinces including Ankara, and operations continue to arrest the remaining two other suspects.

FETO and its U.S.-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.

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