Turkey detains 11 Gülen group suspects as they try to cross to Greece

Eleven suspected members of the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ) were detained in western Turkey as they were attempting to cross to Greece, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday, citing a security source.

Coastguard teams in the Marmaris district of the southwestern Muğla province launched an operation on Friday to nab a group of suspects after learning they were trying to escape to Greece, the source told Anadolu. The group of 13 included dismissed soldiers, police officers, midwives and teachers.

Eleven were detained, one was released under house arrest and the last was still being processed at the police station, the source said.

A religious movement by Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen has been accused of infiltrating Turkey’s institutions, in academia, the armed forces, judiciary, police, civil service and the media to expand its power.

Following a failed putsch in 2016, Ankara dismissed more than 150,000 civil servants from state jobs and has investigated more than 500,000 people, arresting more than 34,000 under suspicion of ties to the Gülen movement. FETÖ is the name given by Turkey for the movement.