Turkey detains 800 people over suspected links to US-based cleric

By REUTERS
April 26, 2017 10:17

ANKARA - Turkish authorities detained 800 people overnight suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, security sources said on Wednesday, in one of the largest operations in months against the network which Turkey blames for a failed July coup.

They said the crackdown targeted the network's structure in the police force. Detention orders had been issued for 1,000 people, of which 803 had been detained, the sources said, in operations carried out across all 81 of Turkey's provinces.

Those detained would be taken to the capital Ankara, the sources added.

After the abortive coup in July, authorities arrested 40,000 people and sacked or suspended 120,000 others from a wide range of professions including soldiers, police, teachers and public servants, over alleged links with terrorist groups.


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