113 FETO terror suspects nabbed across Turkiye
Prosecutors in Aegean province of Izmir issued arrest warrants for 185 suspects earlier Tuesday
Turkish security forces successfully nabbed 113 of 185 suspects linked to FETO, the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup, security sources said Tuesday.
In line with the probe, prosecutors in the Aegean province of Izmir ordered the detention of various members of the armed forces, including serving members and those ousted from the military following the coup attempt, added the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Police and gendarmerie command anti-terror departments launched a simultaneous operation in Izmir and 40 more of Turkey’s 81 provinces and caught 113 of 185 suspects for whom warrants were issued.
Since Nov. 19, 2019, there have been 23 separate operations launched to catch 3,450 FETO suspects, and 1,525 of them have been arrested by security forces. Five hundred of the suspects were later released for cooperating with confessions.
FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 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.