A total of 17 teachers were detained in Malatya province on Wednesday over alleged links to the Gülen movement, the Hürriyet daily has reported.

According to the daily, the detainees have previously been dismissed from profession with decrees issued by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a coup attempt of July 15.

Teachers were detained on charges of using ByLock, a smart phone application that authorities believe is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.