Turkey will continue chasing Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) terrorists who have escaped abroad and bring them back; sources quoted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Saturday.
Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's congress in the southwestern province of Denizli, Erdogan said that "Some 80 FETO terrorists have been brought to Turkey. We will chase them no matter where they escape to."
Referring to the 2016 coup attempt, he noted that the Turkish people resisted air attacks by fighter jets and bullets, adding that FETO targeted the country's independence and democracy.
"As you know we nabbed six senior members of FETO. We caught them in Kosovo and brought them here," he went on to say.
Turkish intelligence officers in March brought the terrorists back to Turkey in a special plane, in cooperation with Kosovo intelligence. Once in Turkey, the alleged FETO members were handed over to the judiciary.
FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Erdogan also added that similar treatment will be meted out to PKK terrorists. The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU -- waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years and has been responsible for the death of nearly 40,000 people, including those of women and children.
On March 29, six suspects were detained by Kosovo law enforcement as a result of cooperation between the relevant government offices of the two countries and were handed at the airport to a special team deployed to Pristina by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
It is believed that thousands of Gulen-linked high-level military and civilian bureaucrats as well as other people have fled Turkey before and after the coup attempt.