Turkey arrests 1,000 in raids targeting Gulen suspects

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Police have arrested 1,000 people suspected of being part of a movement blamed for the failed 2016 coup, the BBC reports.

Another 2,200 were being sought as authorities targeted what they said was a secret structure within Turkey’s police force.

Turkey says a movement loyal to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen organised the July 2016 plot to bring down President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Earlier this month the president won a referendum on boosting his powers.

As a result of the narrow victory Mr Erdogan can become head of the executive, beefing up the largely ceremonial role of Turkey’s president.

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