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    Turkey issues detention warrants against 132 suspects over failed coup

    ISTANBUL (XINHUA) – Turkish prosecutors yesterday issued detention warrants against 132 military personnel over their alleged links to a network accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.

    Local police launched simultaneous operations in 40 provinces to arrest the suspects, upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in the western city of Izmir, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.

    Prosecutors concluded that those targetted in the operations, including on-duty soldiers, have suspected connections with the network headed by United States (US)-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.

    So far, 94 of them have been detained, Anadolu said.

    The Turkish government blames Gulen and his network for masterminding the coup bid in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.

    A Turkish riot police officer stands guard in front of the Justice Palace in Istanbul. PHOTO: AFP
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