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    At Least 115 Detained in Turkey After App Reveals Links to Gulen Movement

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    At least 115 people were arrested in Turkey for the usage of a smartphone application allegedly linked to the Gulen movement, according to media reports.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — The Turkish police issued 127 warrants and has already arrested at least 115 in the city of Tekirdag, as part of a probe into the usage of a smartphone application allegedly linked to the Gulen movement, the Turkish media said Monday.

    The suspects were accused of using the ByLock application which the Turkish government has traced to being used by the organization led by Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of being a terrorist in nature and orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

    Detention warrants were issued to suspects of various backgrounds, including businessmen, housewives, and police officers, according to the news outlet.

    Turkish security agencies supposedly cracked the application and managed to identify tens of thousands of its users, the paper notes.

    On July 15, 2016, a military coup attempt took place across Turkey. Over 240 people were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Within the continuing investigation into the happening, the Turkish security forces arrested more than 50,000 in the past 12 months.

    Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen has lived in the United States since 1999, and after the unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey, Ankara has demanded his extradition from the US government. Gulen denies any connection to the coup.

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