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Turkey issues arrest warrants for dozens at telecoms and capital market bodies

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Turkish police said on Tuesday they are seeking 144 people including police, soldiers and prosecutors, over suspected links to the network of a US-based cleric blamed by Ankara for orchestrating last year's failed coup.

In raids across 42 provinces, 20 people have already been detained, the police said in a statement, adding that the suspects were thought to be using ByLock, an encrypted messaging app the government says was used by Gulen's followers.

Turkish authorities have issued detention orders for 33 people at the telecommunications watchdog and 36 people at the capital markets watchdog, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

It said the warrants were issued as part of operations against supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by the government for a failed coup attempt last July.

Gulen has denied involvement.