Turkish police say seeking 144 people over links to failed coup, 20 detained

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Posted: May 23, 2017 4:39 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police said on Tuesday they are seeking 144 people including police, soldiers and prosecutors, over suspected links to the network of a U.S.-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.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by David Dolan)