Turkish Gülenist education group head abducted in Mongolia

The head of an education group seen as close to a Turkish Islamist movement that Ankara blames for the 2016 coup attempt has been abducted in Mongolia, said TR724, a website linked to the movement.

Followers of Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gülen have been targeted worldwide by the Turkish government since July 2016, when military officers linked to the movement were among those who took part in the failed coup attempt in Turkey.

Veysel Akçay of movement-linked Empathy Schools in Mongolia was abducted by unknown people outside of his house in Ulaanbaatar on Friday morning, the website said.

A private plane was reportedly waiting at the airport to spirit away Akçay, who has worked in Mongolia for the last 24 years, TR724 said.

Turkey has been involved in the attempted abduction of Gülen movement-linked figures in other countries in recent months, most notably causing a scandal by kidnapping six teachers in Kosovo without the knowledge of the country’s president.

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