Nearly 100 suspects were arrested in military operations conducted on Thursday targeting FETO, the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.
According to security Turkish security sources, twenty-two suspects were arrested in operations centered in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu, including businesspeople and former staffers of Bank Asya, which has been linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
In another operation, five other FETO suspects were arrested by police in the central province of Kayseri, based on their use of encrypted cellphone apps such as ByLock, Eagle, and Kakao.
A former staffer of shuttered FETO-linked Zaman daily based in the Mediterranean province of Antalya was also arrested for using ByLock. The suspect was arrested in the western province of Manisa.
Separately, 20 FETO suspects — including 16 active officers — were arrested in simultaneous operations based in the central province of Eskisehir, police sources said.
Three other FETO suspects reportedly arrested by police in an operation launched from the Black Sea province of Zonguldak.
In a separate operation, 19 FETO suspects were arrested by police in eastern province of Elazig.
FETO is responsible for the July 15, 2016 defeated coup attempt in which martyred 250 people and left nearly 2,200 injured.