Turkey arrests 70 Gülen group suspects including soldiers

The Turkish authorities have arrested 70 people, including on-duty and dismissed soldiers, in operations targeting a religious movement accused of plotting a 2016 military coup attempt, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

The police arrested 38 suspected members of the Gülen religious movement in Istanbul in dawn raids ordered as part of an investigation by the province's public prosecutor’s office, Anadolu said.

Another 22 people were arrested in simultaneous operations in 20 provinces, 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.

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.