The Turkish Interior Ministry says its forces have arrested nearly 1700 people over alleged relations with terrorist organizations last week.
Of the figure, 516 were detained for further questioning. Almost two-thirds of the arrested people are accused of having links with the self-exiled cleric Fathullah Gulen. President Rejeb Teyyep Erdogan accuses Gulen of orchestrating the failed mid-July coup.
About a third of the detainees were questioned for links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK and only 12 were thrown behind bars on Daesh-related terrorism charges.
Also on Monday, Turkish security forces took away a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish party, HDP, in Ankara. Aysal Tugluk’s arrest brings to 14, the number of opposition MPs detained since last month.
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