At least 12 teachers were detained as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement in Turkey’s southern province of Samsun, media said Wednesday.

Police carried out operations in several locations in Bilecik and detained all the suspects.

The teachers were earlier dismissed from their jobs over alleged affiliation with the Gulen movement, according to media.

Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed putsch on July 15, 2016, and considers it a terrorist organization. The movement denies involvement in the coup and rejects terror accusations.

However, thousands of teachers as well as many from other professions have been already jailed over Gulen links.