A café in New York was reportedly raided by the FBI over suspected links to alleged Turkey coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen.
According to Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, scores of federal agents seized computers during the raid on Café Masal in Brooklyn.
Reportedly, the venue is a popular meeting place for supporters of the US-based cleric, suspected of a failed coup in Turkey against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Two unnamed Turkish-Americans said café owner Sabahattin Karakus had close ties with Gulen.
"Gulenists are using this location because it is also very close to the JFK, the airport," said one of them.
During a separate incident, FBI conducted a separate search of Karakus’ house and seized his computers.
"They told me not to talk about this with anyone. That's all," Karakus said.
Karakus supported Gulen’s movement in a 2014 article published on Buzzfeed.
He also said he regularly attends holiday dinners at the Turkish Cultural Center, a non-profit NGO run by a Gulen sympathizer.
President Erdogan has accused the exiled cleric of masterminding the coup. Gulen, however, denies such claims.
Erdogan’s government repeatedly calls on the United States to extradite Gulen.
Erdogan has also asked the Turkish parliament to consider reintroducing the death penalty as a punishment for the plotters of the July coup.