Turkey has arrested five people suspected of hacking the official Qatari news agency earlier this year, a Qatari prosecutor said on Friday.
Prosecutor Ali al-Marri told reporters that Qatar asked Turkey’s and other ally countries’ help following the hacking in May when pro-Iran statements attributed to the ruler of Qatar were published by state news agency QNA, triggering the region’s current diplomatic crisis.
The statements were quickly taken down. Qatar said the site was hacked, and opened an investigation into it.
“Our friends in Turkey answered us a short time ago. Five people were detained and they are being investigated. Qatari prosecutors are working with Turkish authorities to follow this case,” he added after meeting Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül in Ankara.