At least 32 people in ten different Turkish cities for alleged links to the Gülen group, which is accused by the government of being behind a failed coup in Turkey last year.

The CNN Türk website reported that 17 people in 10 provinces were detained over their alleged use of the ByLock application, which Turkish authorities believe is a communication tool among Gülenists.

According to the report, police carried out simultaneous operations in the provinces of İzmir, Antalya, Mersin, Zonguldak, Elazığ, Tunceli, Aydın, Muğla, Tokat and Adıyaman targeting followers of the group to apprehend a total of 41 people for whom detention warrants were issued.

In the meantime, 15 others were detained in Ankara as part of an investigation into 143 people for whom detention warrants issued over having accounts in the now-closed Bank Asya, which was linked to the Gülen group.

Tens of thousands of people, including civil servants, police officers, soldiers, businessmen and homemakers, have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock or having accounts at Bank Asya since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.