Police have arrested scores of academics at the Istanbul Yildiz Teknik University Friday as part of an anti-terror probe into the so-called ‘Fetullah Terrorist Organization’, a police source said.
Anadolu news agency said the number of arrested academics is 73 while Sky News reported that the toll reached 103.
In total, the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued 103 arrest warrants for the suspects accused of using “the ByLock messaging app linked to the July 15 coup attempt” and “being members of an armed terror organization,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said.
The smartphone app is believed to have been cracked by Turkish security agencies before the failed coup and reportedly identifies tens of thousands of FETO members, which the government has said was behind the attempted takeover.
The July 15 defeated coup had left 248 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
The government accuses the FETO leader, Fetullah Gulen, of being the mastermind behind the coup attempt and a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the “parallel state”.
Gulen has been living in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999.
Turkey is currently under a state of emergency following the defeated coup and had the order extended for three more months from Oct. 19.