Turkish media are reporting that police are carrying out arrests in the country’s three biggest provinces—Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir—after prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 324 people suspected of links to US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. They include members of the military.
Gulen is accused of orchestrating the abortive bid to topple President Erdogan on July 15th 2016, which he strongly denies.
The news agency Anadolu reports that the Istanbul public prosecutor requested the arrest of 53 active duty soldiers in 15 provinces, including in the metropolis,
The agency DHA reported that in the Aegean province of Izmir, the public prosecutor issued 182 arrest warrants with police conducting raids across 42 provinces, including Izmir.
In Ankara, the capital's public prosecutor said it issued 89 arrest warrants in two separate inquiries, including one looking at the gendarmerie, which is in charge of domestic security, and said 30 suspects were already in detention.