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Detention warrants issued for 134 people over Gülen links

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Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued detention warrants for 134 people, including military members, as part of a post-coup crackdown targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday issued detention warrants for 42 people over Gülen links.

The prosecutor accused them of using ByLock, a smartphone application that Turkish authorities believe was used among followers of the movement.

Police raided houses in 11 provinces, but the report did not mention how many of them had been detained.

Meanwhile the Konya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 60 people over alleged affiliation with the Gülen movement.

They were accused of infiltrating the Turkish army.

Police raided houses in 26 provinces and detained at least 22 of the suspects.

Ankara police detained 32 people after the issuance of detention warrants for 35 suspects by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Ten of the suspects were members of the Turkish navy, and the remainder were former noncommissioned officers.

The Turkish government believes the Gülen movement orchestrated a failed coup in 2016, although the movement strongly denies it.

Some 140,000 public servants have been dismissed since the abortive putsch due to alleged Gülen links, and more than 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.

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