UPDATES WITH ARREST DETAILS; CHANGES BY-LINE; REVISES HEADLINE, DECK
By Meric Urer
IZMIR, Turkey (AA) – Turkish security authorities on Tuesday launched multiple operations in various provinces to arrest terror suspects affiliated with the FETO — the terror group behind the bloody failed coup attempt of 2016.
Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for a total of 191 suspects, including 181 on-duty members of the Turkish Air Forces, and security forces started Izmir-based simultaneous operations in 22 provinces.
Security sources also announced that 145 of the suspects were arrested.
FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Turkey also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
* Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur in Ankara