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Turkey: 1000 detained over suspected links to Gulen

27 April 2017

The 9,103 police officers were being suspended on suspicion of links or contacts to Gulen's group, on the grounds of national security, the police force said in a statement on its website.

Over 1,000 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) suspects nested within the police force were arrested in simultaneous raids held across Turkey, the interior minister confirmed Wednesday.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. The Turkish media has reported that over 3,000 detention warrants had been issued in the latest operation.

More than 100,000 people, including police, military personnel and teachers, have been purged from the civil service as part of the crackdown on Gulen's movement since the coup.

Some 8,500 police officers participated in the operation, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Erdogan, however, has argued that the reforms would make the Turkish government more strong and it would be able to take better decisions to defend the nation against terrorism and internal threats like the Kurdish insurgency and coup plots.

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According to the government, FETO and its USA -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 2016, which left 249 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

Earlier this month the president won a referendum on boosting his powers. The vast operation targeted big cities such as Istanbul as well as Izmir in western Turkey and Konya in the Anatolian heartland. Gulen denies any role in the coup attempt.

Erdogan has positioned himself as a strong protector of Turkey's interests - not only against the alleged machinations of Gulen, but also the violence of militants from the Islamic State and the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

About 47,000 people have already been arrested in Turkey under a nine-month state of emergency in place since the coup bid, a crackdown whose magnitude has raised alarm in the West.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted Tuesday to reopen a monitoring probe into Turkey over rights concerns, sparking anger from Ankara.

Turkey: 1000 detained over suspected links to Gulen