ISTANBUL, July 28 (Xinhua) — Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday issued detention warrants for at least 68 suspects over their alleged links to a network believed to be behind a 2016 coup attempt.
Police launched simultaneous operations in 23 provinces across the country to catch the suspects upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.
The suspects included six military personnel on active duty, 59 former military school students, a retired colonel, and two private-sector employees, the agency said, noting that so far 41 of them have been detained.
The network is headed by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who is blamed by the Turkish government for masterminding the coup attempt in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.
Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, denies any involvement, while Ankara has been pushing for his extradition since the failed coup. Enditem