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    US based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Police Respond to Incident at Fethullah Gulen Compound

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    Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen lives in exile in the US, while Ankara demands his extradition to Turkey. According to Turkish authorities, his movement was behind the failed coup of July 2016.

    A security guard at the compound near Saylorsbur fired a warning shot at a suspected armed intruder, forcing him to flee, and then called the police, Gulen’s spokesman told local news broadcaster WNEP on Wednesday. According to the spokesman, no person was injured in the incident.

    In the meantime, rights group The Alliance for Shared Values claimed that a security incident was likely incited by Ankara.

    "The attempted armed entry comes on the heels of Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin speaking recently that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization would launch overseas ‘operations’ against supporters of Mr. Gulen," the statement of the group read.

    Turkey has accused Gulen, who has been living in the United States since 1999, and his followers of orchestrating the coup in 2016, while the cleric denied the allegations. Following the clashes, at least 80,000 people, including officials and military staff, have reportedly been arrestedby the Turkish authorities.


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