Twenty academics and university personnel were detained as part of a Konya-based investigation against the Gülen movement, which is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, on Thursday.

Police carried out operations in 10 different provinces in order to round up 24 suspects sought over links to the movement. 20 of the suspects were detained while police were yet to locate the remaining 4 on early Thursday.

The suspects are either academics or personnel at Selcuk and Necmettin Erbakan universities.

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 government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by Gülen. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the coup attempt.

More than 120,000 people including thousands of academics over links to the movement since last summer.