Turkish prosecutors order arrest of 68 people, including soldiers, for Gülen group links

Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 68 people, including a retired colonel and six serving soldiers, for alleged links to an outlawed religious group accused of carrying out an attempted military coup in 2016.

Police detained 41 people during simultaneous raids in 23 provinces targeting the Gülen movement, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday, citing security sources.

"Efforts to capture the remaining 27 suspects are ongoing," Anadolu said.

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Turkish state-run bodies blame the Gülen movement, a religious group led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, for the coup attempt. The government and military have sacked hundreds of thousands of public officials and army personnel in a series of purges since 2016.