Turkey has detained 40 military attaches as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of being behind the July 15 coup attempt.

Turkish media reported on Friday that Foreign Ministry had recently come up with a list of 300 bureaucrats who are suspected to be affiliated with the movement. Most of those suspects had been recruited to the ministry after 2010, media reports said.

While forty attaches have been detained so far, police search the rest of the suspects.

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. Despite Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

More than 100,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 43,000 detained and 24,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.

 

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