ANKARA 

Turkish authorities Friday issued arrest warrants for 27 people 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 linked to the Turkish Land Forces Command who were found to be in frequent contact with terror group members via telephone communication. Also, among them are seven soldiers on active duty.

The anti-terror police are looking for the suspects, the statement added.

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 Seda Sevencan

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