Unknown man attempts to enter Fethullah Gulen compound; warning shot fired


An unknown man attempted to enter the retreat center that has been the longtime home of Fethullah Gulen Wednesday morning.

According to a statement on Fethullah's nonprofit site, the man appeared to be armed and attempted entry around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A guard reacted with a warning shot and the man fled. No injuries were reported and the immediate threat appears to be over.

Retreat staff is fully cooperating with the state police to investigate the incident. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Lehighton, troopers completed a search of the are and could not locate the man. The investigation is continuing.

The attempted entry comes on the heels of Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin speaking recently that Turkey's National Intelligence Organization would launch overseas "operations" against supporters of Gulen.

It is well-known that the Turkish government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan has devised kidnapping plots against Gulen, as well as executed successful kidnappings of his supporters around the world.

Gulen has lived at the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center on Mount Eaton Road since 1999. Turkey blames Gulen for the failed 2016 coup, which left nearly 290 people dead in Turkey.

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