EDIRNE, Turkey

Two people suspected to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) were nabbed in northwestern Turkey while they were trying to escape to Greece illegally, security sources said on Friday.

The suspects, only known by their initials, Y.Y. and T.T, were arrested in Edirne, a Turkish province bordering Greece, when they were spotted in a military forbidden zone in the Meric district, sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

They were taken into custody.

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.

*Writing by Yunus Girgin in Ankara

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