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Turkey nabs 8 FETO suspects trying to flee to Greece

Suspects, including 4 dismissed personnel, arrested in northwestern Edirne province, according to security sources

Firat Tasdemir   | 25.02.2021
Turkey nabs 8 FETO suspects trying to flee to Greece

ANKARA/EDIRNE, Turkey

A total of eight suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) trying to escape to Greece were caught along the border in northwestern Turkey on Thursday.

Three suspects were arrested while trying to cross the border in Edirne province, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Security teams identified them as dismissed public servants with links to FETO, it added.

Separately, gendarmerie forces in Edirne province launched an operation to nab a group of FETO suspects after they learned the suspects were trying to escape to Greece, said the source on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Five FETO suspects, including four dismissed military personnel, were arrested in an area between Meric and Ipsala districts, it said.

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.

Ankara 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 Gozde Bayar

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