JULY 15

Turkey arrests 33 more FETÖ suspects

Arrests follow warrants issued for 70 suspects

Anadolu Agency

At least 33 people were arrested in Turkey over their links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, security sources said Monday.

In central Konya province, 15 people were arrested over FETO links, said a source, who refused to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The arrests came following an investigation, launched on March 29, into the terror group's structure within the military.

Last Thursday, Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Konya issued arrest warrants for 70 on-duty soldiers and “imams” -- suspected senior figures within FETÖ responsible for coordinating cells within the armed forces -- in 38 provinces.

A total of 42 suspects were arrested on March 29, said the source.

Monday’s detentions raises the number of arrests to 57, according to the source.

Police is on the lookout for the remaining 13 suspects, the source added.

Separately, the police also arrested 18 FETO suspects including former executives of Hacettepe Teknokent, a technocity in the capital Ankara, a judicial source said on Monday.

Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara said in a statement that the suspects were arrested in Ankara, Istanbul, Kocaeli, and Bursa.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 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.

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