KOCAELI, Turkey 

Seven people with suspected links to FETO, the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup, were held following an operation launched in Turkey’s Kocaeli province, security sources said on Wednesday.

Forces extended the operation against FETO’s terror cells to seven provinces.

The fugitives were subsequently located, and rounded up.

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

Turkey 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 Ali Murat Alhas

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