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Turkey nabs 8 FETO terror suspects seeking to flee to Greece

Turkey nabs 8 FETO terror suspects seeking to flee to Greece

Among arrested are dismissed police officers and teachers.
24.05.2021 - 12:11

Turkish security forces on Monday nabbed eight suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) – the group behind the defeated 2016 coup attempt – who were planning to illegally cross into Greece, according to security sources.

Police in the northwestern province of Edirne, which borders Greece, began following a minivan coming from Istanbul, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

8 SUSPECTS ARRESTED

When the suspects noticed they were being followed by the police, they tried to hide at a house in the city center, the sources added.

Turkish security forces raided the house and arrested 8 suspected FETO members, including dismissed police officers and teachers.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in which 251 people were 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.