TOKAT, Turkey

Turkish security forces on Friday arrested 21 suspects over their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in an investigation centered in the northern Tokat province.

Prosecutors in Tokat issued arrest warrants for the suspects, including six soldiers on active duty and a covert senior FETO member, also known as an imam, said a source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated a defeated coup on July 15, 2016 which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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