Turkey orders detention of 77 suspects over failed coup

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-30 15:46:37|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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ISTANBUL, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Turkish prosecutors issued detention warrants for at least 77 suspects, including soldiers and suspended police officers, on Tuesday across the country over their alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.

Simultaneous operations were launched in 15 provinces to catch 23 suspects, including 20 soldiers on active duty, upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Izmir, the state-run Anadolu agency said.

At a separate investigation, Izmir prosecutors ordered the detention of 24 women suspects over their alleged ties to the group in the district of Karsiyaka, according to the agency.

In the southern province of Adana, police have been hunting 30 people, including suspended police officers, for their suspected roles in the failed coup, Anadolu also said.

Ankara accuses U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network of masterminding the coup attempt in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed, and has requested his extradition several times.