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Turkey issues detention warrants for 360 Gulen-linked suspects

Xinhua,November 29, 2017 Adjust font size:

ANKARA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Turkey has issued detention warrants for 360 suspects, including top figures, over their links to the Gulen movement, as part of a crackdown following the July 2016 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday.

The operation, which was launched according to warrants issued by Istanbul Prosecutor's Office, focused on military personnel across 49 provinces.

The suspects include 333 soldiers, 27 of them "imams," a code name referring to senior figures in the Gulen movement.

The report also said 216 of the suspects were soldiers actively serving in the military.

Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based preacher, is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. At least 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 others injured in the coup attempt.

The Turkish government declared a state of emergency and launched a massive crackdown on Gulen's supporters in the aftermath of the coup attempt. Enditem