A total of twenty-two businessmen and shopkeepers were detained over alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, the CNN Turk reported on Tuesday.

Detention warrants were issued for 26 Bandırma individuals early on Tuesday. Hours later, police teams carried out simultaneous operations in the district and detained twenty-two of them.

The detainees are accuse of having links to the Gülen movement, using of a smart phone application known as ByLock and attending public meetings organized by the movement followers.

Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since a failed coup attempt last July.