Berlin, Mar 30: (AP) Germany’s interior minister says Turkey’s intelligence agency may have given its German counterpart a list of suspected supporters of a US-based cleric to “provoke us in some way.” Also Read - US Sanctions Turkey on S-400, Cautions India, Others on Buying Russian Arms

Last month, Turkey’s MIT agency handed German intelligence a list of some 300 alleged supporters of Fethullah Gulen thought to be living in Germany, among them reportedly a German lawmaker. Also Read - Turkey President Erdogan Sending Mercenaries to Kashmir to Help Pakistan, Paying $2000 to Each: Report

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Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told ZDF television today that he suspected the move may have been intended to weigh on Turkish-German relations, “to provoke us in some way.” He said he didn’t believe it was meant as a contribution to anti-terrorist reconnaissance.

The Turkish government claims Gulen supporters were behind a July coup attempt. Gulen denies orchestrating it. (AP) CHT

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.