Turkey arrests 14 suspects in Gülen probe of police and military

Turkish police have arrested 14 people in investigations of suspected members of a banned religious group embedded in the country’s military and police force, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

The prosecutor’s office in Istanbul has issued detention warrants for 30 suspected members of the Gülen religious movement, which the Turkish government says was behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

The suspects were found to have used ByLock, a messaging app that members of the movement used, Anadolu said.

Thirteen of the suspects were detained in Istanbul and one in nearby Sakarya province, the news agency said.

Since the failed putsch, Turkey has dismissed more than 100,000 state employees over suspected links to the Gülen movement and arrested thousands in state institutions, including the police force, army and judiciary.