ANKARA

Turkish authorities on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for 15 people over their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup.

Prosecutors in the capital Ankara issued warrants for the suspects, who were found to have used the terror group’s encrypted messaging app ByLock, the prosecutor’s office in Ankara said in a statement.

The search for the suspects continues, it added.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and 2,734 injured.

Ankara 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 Gozde Bayar

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