Turkish police arrest more than 50 people in anti-Gülen operation

Turkish authorities have arrested more than 50 people, including public officials and former police officers, in operations targeting a religious movement accused of plotting the 2016 coup attempt, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

The police arrested 22 suspected members of the Gülen religious movement in the provinces of Adana, Istanbul, Mersin, Osmaniye and Isparta in dawn raids ordered as part of an investigation by the Adana public prosecutor’s office, Anadolu said.

Another 10 people were arrested in an operation launched by the Balıkesir prosecutor in 10 provinces, including Istanbul and Ankara. Police arrested 20 more suspects in a third operation in the southern province of Antayla, Anadolu said.

The Turkish government has been pursuing members of the religious movement 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.