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Families fret as Turkey's Gulenist purge continues

Plainclothes operatives captured two more alleged followers of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen in broad daylight in Ankara and they have not been heard from since.
U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller - RC1496DEC310

Allegations that Turkish security services in Ankara continue to be behind the disappearances of civilians linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based preacher accused of orchestrating the failed 2016 coup, have resurfaced following reports that two men were hauled off in the capital in broad daylight.

Eyewitnesses reportedly saw two men with black bags over their heads being stuffed into a white van after a large group of armed men, possibly plainclothes security officials, raided an apartment building in Ankara’s Altindag district on Feb. 13. Their targets are believed to be Ozgur Kaya, a former schoolteacher, and Yasin Ugan, an accountant. Both men were affiliated with organizations operating within Gulen’s once sprawling network of schools, businesses and other entities that are now shuttered in Turkey. They have not been heard from since.

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