Turkey arrests 28 businessmen in anti-Gülen operation

Turkish authorities have arrested 28 businessmen in operations targeting a religious movement accused of plotting the 2016 military coup attempt, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.

The police arrested 28 suspected members of the Gülen religious movement in Istanbul, the capital of Ankara and southern province of Urfa in simultaneous raids, Anadolu said.

The suspects are accused of collecting $6.8 million for the movement, it said.

The Turkish government has been pursuing members of the religious group since surviving the failed putsch, which it says was carried out by Gülenists who infiltrated the army, state institutions and the police.

Some 20,566 military personnel have been sacked since the failed coup attempt, according to a report by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

Authorities have dismissed more than 100,000 state employees accused of links to the movement and arrested thousands in a series of purges since the coup attempt.