Turkey to arrest 1,112 suspected Gulen supporters over exam cheating

A major crackdown against people suspected of links with Fethullah Gulen was underway across Turkey, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Tuesday.

According to the Anadolu news agency, the crackdown focuses on a 2010 exam taken by police officers who wanted to become deputy inspectors. Prosecutors say questions were leaked to Gulen followers before the test.

Turkish officials ordered 1,112 suspects to be arrested in one of the biggest offensives against Gulen's religious network since the 2016 failed military takeover.

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The Tuesday clampdown was focusing on the capital, Ankara, but arrests were also made in 76 other provinces, CNN Turk said.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Gulen and his followers for the attempted coup, which claimed 250 lives. Gulen denies involvement.

Over 218,000 people have been arrested since the 2016 coup attempt and some 77,000 remain jailed pending trial.

Authorities have fired or suspended some 150,000 state employees, including many high-ranking generals and judges.

dj/jm (Reuters, AP)

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