At least six people were detained while they were allegedly on their way to illegally cross into Greece.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Tuesday that gendarmerie stopped a car near Umurca village in Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece.

In the car were four former public servants who were dismissed from their jobs in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup.

The suspects were earlier blacklisted for their alleged use of ByLock, an smartphone chatting app that Turkish government claims to be the top communication tool among supporters of the Gulen movement.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

Some 150,000 have lost their jobs, more than 126,000 have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.

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