ISTANBUL, Jan 15 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Turkish police, on Tuesday, detained 115 soldiers across the country, over their suspected links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed coup attempt in 2016.
The Police launched simultaneous operations in 49 provinces, after the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, in the western city of Izmir, issued arrest warrants for 176 suspects, including 108 soldiers on active duty, and 68 former soldiers.
It noted that among the 108 soldiers include a lieutenant pilot and four district gendarmerie commanders.
The suspects have allegedly contacted, via payphone, the network headed by Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, the United States, since 1999.
The Turkish government blames 78-year-old Gulen and his network, for masterminding the coup attempt, in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed, and has been pushing for his extradition.– NNN-ANADOLU