Turkish police arrest 25 FETÖ-linked terror suspects

Turkish police on Tuesday arrested 25 suspects for their suspected links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, security sources said.

The arrests came after prosecutors in Ankara issued arrest warrants for 43 suspects. The police conducted simultaneous raids across the country to arrest the suspects.

Eleven suspects were arrested on charges of using the terror group's encrypted smartphone messaging app, ByLock, according to a statement from the prosecutor's office.

Fourteen suspects were also arrested over irregularities during the 2013 judges recruitment exams in favor of the FETÖ-linked candidates.

A hunt for the remaining suspects is underway.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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