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Turkey: dozens detained and sought over alleged terror links

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Turkey: dozens detained and sought over alleged terror links

Turkish authorities have carried out nationwide dawn raids resulting in the detention of some 57 former employees of Borsa Istanbul, the country’s main stock exchange.

In total, 102 arrest warrants were issued, meaning 45 suspects are still being sought, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency reports.

They are reportedly accused of having links to Fetullah Gulen, the US-based cleric alleged to have orchestrated the failed coup attempt in July, 2016.

The Turkish government has listed his FETO group a terrorist organisation.

Around 150,000 people are under investigation over the failed putsch, 49,000 of whom have been remanded in custody pending trial.

Twelve columnists and executives from the Cumhuriyet opposition newspaper are among those currently being held on suspicion of terrorism.

Newspaper chief detained

In a separate incident, authorities have detained the editor-in-chief of the online version of Cumhuriyet, according to Doğan agency.

“I am being held in custody,” Oğuz Güven tweeted, but gave no further explanation regarding his situation.

Anadolu reports the arrest is in connection with an article on the death of Denizli Chief Public Prosecutor, Mustafa Alper. He and his driver, Muzaffer Akşehirli, were killed when a truck crashed into their car.