Mass arrest in Turkey

At least 35 people, including senior bureaucrats and police officers, have been detained by Turkish police,  in the western province of Izmir. The operation aim to target supporters of President Tayyip Erdogan’s enemy, Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The arrests came two days after the AK Party, which Erdogan founded, secured a return to single-party rule, in an parliamentary election.

The Dogan news agency reports Tuesday’s dawn raids were carried out at various addresses across Izmir in an operation against the “parallel structure”, a term used to refer to U.S.-based cleric Gulen’s supporters in the state apparatus.

The suspects were taken to the offices of the city’s organised crime unit, Dogan reported.