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    Turkey orders detention of 74 soldiers over links to failed coup

    ISTANBUL (Xinhua) – Turkish prosecutors yesterday issued detention warrants for 74 actively serving soldiers over their alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.

    Police launched simultaneous operations in 30 provinces across the country to catch the suspects upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

    The suspects are accused of communicating with the group led by the United States (US)-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen through payphone, noted Anadolu. Since the failed coup in July 2016, over 500,000 people have been detained and more than 30,000 others arrested over their links to the Gulen network, according to figures revealed by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

    In a recent statement, Soylu also said around 8,000 members of the group illegally crossed into Greece in over two and a half years.

    Turkey has listed the Gulen network as a terror group for its role in the coup bid which left 250 people dead.

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