Afghan security forces take over Gülen high school - AA

Afghan security forces have stepped in to take control of a high school linked to the Gülen movement, accused by Ankara of plotting the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported on Monday.

The school, located in a town called Herat in the western part of the country, was seized by security forces despite resistance by some students, the agency reported, citing an Afghan local official.

The take over arrives as Turkey continues calling on countries around the world to close down Gülen schools or hand them over to Turkish state control.

The Turkish government blames the Gülen movement, led by Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen from his home in the United States, for carrying out a failed military coup in July 2016 in which more than 200 people were killed. Gülen denies the charges.

The operation was carried out in order to hand over the school to firstly Afghan authorities and later to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation, the agency reported Jailani Farhad, the spokesman of Herat governor, as saying.

The Maarif Foundation, which establishes schools and education centers abroad, was founded in 2016 following a coup attempt for the purpose of taking over the administration of overseas schools linked to Gülen movement.

"We will educate our Afghan brothers with a more qualified and more modern education system," a Turkish official told the agency.

In Feb. of this year, Turkey took over 12 schools and three tuition centres linked to the Gülen movement in Afghanistan.