38,470 FETÖ, 10,079 PKK, 1,354 Daesh members remanded or convicted in Turkey, justice min. says

Published 10.02.2018 00:00
Updated 10.02.2018 12:05
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A total of 38,470 Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), 10,079 PKK, 1,354 Daesh members have been remanded or convicted in Turkey, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said Saturday.

The FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.

The FETÖ is also accused of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Following the 2016 coup attempt many FETÖ members fled the country or went into hiding, but thousands were arrested over their links to the group.

Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart Daesh attacks. More than 300 people have lost their lives in Daesh-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terrorist group has targeted civilians in suicide bombings, and rocket-and-gun attacks.

The country's efforts against Daesh made it a primary target for the terrorist group, which has carried out numerous gun and bomb attacks targeting security forces and civilians.

Founded in 1978, the PKK has waged a decades-long bloody campaign against Turkey.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 after a brief reconciliation period.

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