Somalia ordered the closing of schools it said are linked to a U.S.-based religious leader accused by Turkey’s president of instigating a failed military coup at the weekend.
The government in the capital, Mogadishu, has ordered “the total closure of all activities” by an organization in the Horn of Africa country connected to Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, according to a statement from Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke’s office. All staff affiliated with the group have seven days to leave Somalia, effective from July 17, it said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Gulen for the attempted coup that began late Friday, brought tanks to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul, and ended hours afterward leaving some 200 people dead. More than 6,000 people, including military personnel, judges and prosecutors, have been detained.
Gulen’s movement runs more than a thousand schools, hospitals and other charities in more than 150 countries, most of them in former Soviet countries and Africa, as well as the U.S. He’s denied any involvement in the attempted coup, accusing Erdogan of staging it himself.