EDIRNE, Turkey 

At least 26 more people with suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, have been arrested in Turkey’s northwest, a security source said on Monday.

An operation against the terror group’s infiltration in the judiciary and military was launched in 11 provinces as part of a probe by prosecutors in Edirne province, said the source, requesting anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Arrest warrants were issued for several individuals and anti-terrorism teams arrested suspects in Edirne, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Tokat, Konya, Bayburt, Trabzon, Isparta, and Siirt provinces, the source added.

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

Ankara 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.

* Writing by Sena Guler


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