ANKARA 

Turkish authorities Friday issued arrest warrants for 21 suspects over their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, judicial sources said.

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara said in a statement that warrants were issued for the suspects found to be providing financial support to the terror group.

Among them are 17 dismissed and four temporarily suspended police officers in five Turkish provinces, including Ankara.

The organized crime police are looking for the suspects, the statement added.

Meanwhile, security sources said the names of the suspects were obtained as a result of works on digital data obtained from a secret witness.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, 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 Jeyhun Aliyev

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