Turkey issues 66 arrest warrants for alleged Gülen followers at gendarmerie HQ

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Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 66 people in the headquarters of the gendarmerie over alleged links to the outlawed Islamic movement of Fethullah Gülen.

Police forces detained 41 of the suspects following an investigation by the anti-terrorism unit, the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and cybercrime department, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. The operation took place simultaneously in 25 provinces.

Turkey says that followers of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, launched the failed military coup in July 2016. Tens of thousands of civil servants and military personnel have been expelled and arrested over links to the group since the attempted putsch.

Among the suspects, there are high-ranked military officials, military students and two private imams, Anadolu said.

Gülen denies involvement in the coup. The United States has yet to approve a request by the Turkish government to extradite him to face trial.

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