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    German Citizen Detained in Turkey on Suspicion of Ties With Gulen Movement

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    A German citizen has been detained in Turkey on suspicion of having links to the movement led by US-based dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the recent coup attempt, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the German newspaper, it is not clear whether the woman lives in Turkey on a permanent basis or came on a visit, but books were found at her home that allegedly point to her having links to the Gulen movement.

    Sueddeutsche Zeitung said on Friday that the German Foreign Ministry is aware of the situation. According to the ministry, the German embassy in Ankara had tried to contact the detained woman for days with no results.

    On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey that was suppressed the following day. Over 240 people were killed during the coup attempt and an estimated 2,000 were wounded. Over 13,000 people have been detained during the crackdown launched after the coup attempt.

    Ankara has accused Gulen, who has lived in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup and has been asking the United States to extradite the cleric.

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