Turkey arrests 76 linked to military over alleged Gülen ties, seeks 36 more

Turkish police arrested 76 people in operations across the country for their alleged links to the outlawed Islamic movement of Fethullah Gülen, accused of plotting a failed military coup in 2016.

Prosecutors in the western Izmir province have issued warrants for a total of 112 suspects and are still seeking 36, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.

Suspects includes incumbent and former military personnel, as well as former military students, Anadolu said.

Turkey accuses Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt and has designated his Gülen movement a terrorist organisation.

Tens of thousands of civil servants and members of the military have been expelled or arrested over links to the group since the failed putsch.

Within the last two years, the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office  of Turkey has issued arrest warrants for 3,338 suspects as part of the planned investigations regarding the group’s alleged structuring in Turkish Armed Forces, Anadolu said.

A total of 1,481 detainees were arrested during 22 operations and 474 suspects were released after being designated as "useful confessors", according to the agency.

Gülen denies involvement in the coup. The United States has yet to approve multiple requests by the Turkish government to extradite Gülen to face trial, citing lack of evidence.

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