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    Azerbaijan to Identify All Followers of Turkish Cleric Gulen in Country

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    All Azerbaijani followers of US-based dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen accused by Ankara of masterminding the failed coup attempt, the deputy head of Azerbaijan’s presidential administration said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, the security services of Azerbaijan reported about a detention of a group of people on suspicion of links to the movement of Gulen.

    "All the followers of Gulen movement will be identified. The investigation in relation to it is in progress. The inquiries show that the Gulen movement has links with opposition groups in the country. But all attempts to destabilize the situation in Azerbaijan will be suppressed," Novruz Mammadov said, as quoted by the Trend news agency.

    Approximately 26,000 people have been arrested since the July 15 attempted overthrow of the Turkish government that led to over 260 deaths. Ankara has requested the United States to extradite Gulen, who denies the accusations of masterminding the plot, to face charges in Turkey.

    The Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO)/Parallel State Structure (PDY), made up of Gulen's supporters, is designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara. In 2014, Turkey opened an investigation into the organization's alleged efforts to overthrow the government.


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