A total of 26 academics have been detained as part of an investigation into a July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, the Doğan news agency has reported.

According to the Sept 30 report, the detained academics are from Konya Selçuk University and Necmettin Erbakan University. Eighteen of them are full professors, while the remainder comprises assistant professors.

More than 5,070 academics have been dismissed by the government as part of a witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement by means of a recent decree issued under the state of emergency declared on July. 20.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

 

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on September 30.