‘Warning shot’ fired by guard at wanted Muslim cleric’s U.S. compound

Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen is accused by Turkish officials of orchestrating a coup attempt from his home in the Poconos. Gulen denies the accusation. (Selahattin Sevi/AP, file)

Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen is accused by Turkish officials of orchestrating a coup attempt from his home in the Poconos. Gulen denies the accusation. (Selahattin Sevi/AP, file)

State police say a security guard at the Pennsylania compound of a Turkish-born Muslim cleric fired a shot at an “unwanted person” outside the gate.

Police said in a news release Wednesday that the suspected intruder fled the scene.

Troopers were called to Fethullah Gulen’s compound for a report of shots fired. Police searched the area but could not find the man. The investigation is continuing.

Gulen’s spokesman says the guard thought the man was armed and fired a “warning shot.” He says nobody was hurt.

Turkey accuses Gulen of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016 and has demanded his extradition. Gulen has denied involvement.

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