Gabon police have detained at least five Turkish nationals working at a group of schools affiliated with the Gülen group, which is accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Gabon is a country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa.
According to an e-mail sent to Turkeypurge.com, the teachers work at Gabon Turkish International School and are belived to be detained by Gabon police upon a request by the Turkish government.
“Police came to our school and detained three of our friends; Osman Özpınar, Adnan Demirönal and İbrahim Akbaş. Today in the morning, the police came back to the school and took the wife of one of the detainees. Another female teacher who did not want to leave his friend alone was also taken to detention center. So, now there are 5 teachers under custody,” the e-mail read.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government have been pursuing a crackdown on the Gülen group since a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016.
The group is accused of masterminding the attempt, a claim rejected by its leader, Fethullah Gülen.
This is not the first time Turkish nationals are detained in foreing countries at Turkey request.
Last week, Kosovo police arrested six Turkish nationals, one doctor and five educators, working at a group of schools affiliated with the group.
The arrest sparked a political crisis in Kosovo, with Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj saying, “The entire operation — revoking their residence permits, detention, emergency deportation and the secret extradition to Turkey of the six Turkish citizens from Kosovo territory — was conducted without my knowledge and without my permission.”
On Friday, Haradinaj dismissed the interior minister and the secret service chief.
Kosovo police confirmed to a local news portal that the Turkish citizens were forcefully flown to Turkey on March 29, at 11:05 local time, Kosovar journalist Xhemajl Rexha tweeted.