Turkish police detain 150 soldiers over failed coup in 2016


Turkish police detained Tuesday at least 150 soldiers over their alleged links to a network accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.

Police forces launched massive simultaneous operations in 53 provinces upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Izmir, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.

The office issued warrants for 184 soldiers in total, the report said, adding that operations are still going on to catch the remaining ones.

The suspects, including 123 soldiers on active duty, have alleged connections with the network headed by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, the report said.

The Turkish government blames Gulen and his network for masterminding the coup bid in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.

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