Turkish police arrest 5 over FETO terror links

Prosecutors in central Konya province issue warrants for 19 suspects over links to terror group behind 2016 defeated coup

Engin Ozekinci   | 16.12.2019
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KONYA, Turkey

Turkish police arrested five suspects over links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, security sources said on Monday.

The arrests came after prosecutors in the central Konya province issued warrants for 19 suspects accused of being "covert imams" -- senior FETO members leading terror group members who infiltrated the armed forces -- said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

A hunt for the remaining suspects is underway.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on 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 Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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