Police called to Turk cleric’s U.S. compound after shooting report


(Reuters) – Police were called to the compound of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating a failed 2016 coup, in rural Pennsylvania on Wednesday after a guard saw a suspected armed intruder, a Gulen spokesman said.

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center in rural Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, is seen in this picture taken July 9, 2013. The Private compound is where Fethullah Gulen, an influential islamist cleric has lived for more than a decade. REUTERS/Staff/File Photo

The security guard fired a warning shot and the suspected intruder fled, the spokesman said. There are no known injuries, or arrests and the incident is over, Alp Aslandogan, Gulen’s media adviser, told Reuters.

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Several Pennsylvania State Police cars were seen around the gated compound and retreat in Saylorsburg in the Pocono Mountains, according to photographs shared online by local news reporters.

Police, who left the scene an hour or two later, did not respond to requests for comment, but told local news media they were there to investigate an unspecified incident.

President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government accuse Gulen of orchestrating an attempted coup in July, 2016, in which rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets, bombing parliament. More than 240 people were killed in the violence.

Gulen denies the accusations.

Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York and Matt Spetalnick in Washington; Editing by Alistair Bell

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