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Turkish Police Detain Brother of Gulen Ankara Believes to Be Behind Coup Attempt

© REUTERS / Charles MostollerUS based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
US based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania - Sputnik International
Brother of self-exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara suspects of organizing the July 15 coup attempt, was detained in Gaziemir district of Turkey’s western province on charges of being member of Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO), according to local media.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkish police detained brother of self-exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara suspects of organizing the July 15 coup attempt, in the province of Izmir on terror charges, local media reported Sunday.

Kutbettin Gulen was detained in Gaziemir district of Turkey’s western province on charges of being member of Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO), according to Anadolu news agency.

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave their national flags and hold a portrait of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric with Turkish words that read: the Coup nation traitor, FETO (Feto is the nickname of Fethullah Gulen), during a pro-government rally at Kizilay main square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
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On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey, but was suppressed the following day. Over 40,000 people have been detained since the attempted overthrow of the Turkish government that led to over 260 deaths.

On Wednesday, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said up to 70,000 people had been investigated in the country for links to self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gulen and the so-called Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETO) suspected of masterminding the attempted overthrow.

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