By Ismet Karakas
ANKARA (AA) - Turkish security forces arrested Tuesday 10 people in the capital Ankara for their suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated coup in 2016.
According to a statement by the Office of Chief Prosecutor in Ankara, 21 suspects were issued arrest warrants after they were found to be using ByLock, the terror group’s encrypted smartphone messaging app, and assuming various duties in FETO.
The anti-terror police nabbed 10 of them, while the hunt for the remaining suspects is underway.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar