FETÖ suspects trying to escape country detained

Published 12.04.2017 22:02

Police Wednesday caught seven Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) suspects trying to escape the country from southwestern Muğla province, a security source said.

According to the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, police officials detained the suspects at a forest in the coastal town of Marmaris.

Police also detained two others - an Iranian and a Turk - who were allegedly helping the suspects to escape.

Security officials said a court had already issued arrest warrants for the suspects, who were dismissed from their professions.

On July 15, a small military junta linked to FETÖ attempted to topple the democratically elected president and government in Turkey and impose martial law. The attempt was prevented by military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens in favor of democracy.

A total of 248 people, consisting of mostly civilians, were killed by pro-coup soldiers, while over 2,000 people were injured.

The attempt was masterminded by Fetullah Gülen, who has been living in self-imposed exile on a 400-acre property in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since 1999.

Over 47,155 suspects having links to FETÖ have been remanded since the foiled coup of July 2016, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

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