Germany's largest Turkish Islamic group admitted in an article published Thursday in the "Rheinische Post" newspaper that some of its preachers spied for the Turkish government.

In December, DITIB, a Turkish umbrella group engaged in religious, social and cultural activities, had issued a statement denying what it called "false media claims" that the Turkish government's Directorate of Religion, or Diyanet, ordered it to inform on suspected members of the Gulen movement.

Ankara blames US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and followers of his "Hizmet" movement for last year's failed July coup and has labeled the group a terrorist organization.

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