Turkey: 9 FETO-linked suspects arrested

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Suspects were attempting to cross to Greece, say sources

Turkey: 9 FETO-linked suspects arrested

By Salih Baran

EDIRNE, Turkey

At least nine FETO suspects were arrested in Turkey while attempting to illegally cross to neighboring Greece, security sources said on Friday.

In a security operation, three FETO-linked former teachers were held by gendarmes in northwestern Edirne province, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

In a separate operation in Kesan district of Edirne, gendarmes arrested two FETO suspects including a former sergeant.

Four others were held for helping the FETO suspects.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of carrying out a long-running campaign to overthrow the Turkish state through the infiltration of state institutions.

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