Turkish police detained 18 people in several Turkish cities for “giving moral support” to the families of Gülenist purge-victims, the Kronos news portal reported. 

As part of a Karabuk-based investigation, police carried out simultaneous operations in the provinces of Zonguldak, Karabük and Kocaeli. The Kronos reported that police made searches at houses of “the suspects” and seized copies of some books written by Fethullah Gulen, several copies the now-banned publications like Sizinti magazine and Zaman newspaper, computers, cell phones and TL 4200.

Turkish government accuses Gulenists of being behind the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 95,000 people were put in pre-trial detention over Gulen links so far.

Zaman and Sizinti were earlier shuttered over Gulen ties.