Five people arrested in Turkey as they attempted to flee to Greece - report

Turkish security forces arrested five people, including two suspected members of the Gülen movement, a religious group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in 2016, as they attempted to flee to Greece, news channel AHaber reported.

The five people sought to cross into Greece illegally via the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne, AHaber said on Wednesday on its English language website ANews, citing the security forces and unidentified sources.

Scores of people opposing the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, including members of the Gülen movement and Kurds, have sought to illegally enter Europe from Turkey to escape possible trial on terrorism charges. Many others have fled by legal means and settled on the continent or in the United States.

Turkey’s government began a crackdown on the Gülen group following the failed putsch, arresting about 77,000 people, and has also apprehended Kurdish politicians and bureaucrats, accusing them of links to separatist terrorism.