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In Turkey, 33 people were detained on suspicion of having links with Gulen

TURKEY (OBSERVATORY) – Turkey detained 33 people suspected of having links with the organization of theologian Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara considers terrorist, Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday with reference to a source in security services.

Detentions were conducted during raids in eight provinces of Turkey. Four people were detained in Ankara after the Ankara and Izmir prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 10 people suspected of having links with the Gulen organization.

Also, during the operation in the north-western province of Bursa, the police detained at least 27 people, two more were taken into custody in the province of Aksaray.

The Turkish authorities accuse Gülen of involvement in the attempted military coup that took place on the night of July 16, 2016.

A preacher residing in the USA was arrested in absentia in Turkey, Ankara demands extradition from the United States. Gülen says he has nothing to do with the coup attempt in Turkey.

As previously reported, Turkey’s security militaries arrested more than 48.3 thousand people on suspicion of links with the FETO movement led by Gülen in 2017.