BREAKING: Turkey orders detention of 3000 people

Reports have it that Turkey has issued detention orders for 3,224 people over alleged links to last a failed coup.

Turkish authorities arrested more than 1,000 people on Wednesday saying they said had secretly infiltrated police forces across the country on behalf of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric blamed by the government for last July’s coup.

The nationwide sweep was one of the largest operations in months against suspected Gulen supporters.

Gulen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is now being accused by the government of trying to topple the President.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the overnight crackdown targeted a Gulen network “that infiltrated our police force, called ‘secret imams’.

“One thousand and nine secret imams have been detained so far in 72 provinces, and the operation is ongoing,” he told reporters in Ankara.

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