A total of 486 military members have been fired due to alleged links to the Gülen group since the end of a state of emergency declared after a 2016 coup attempt, the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the report, 90 members of the land forces, 77 from the naval forces have been relieved of duty.

Turkey accuses the Gülen group of orchestrating the abortive putsch.

The group denies any involvement.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Wednesday said that “[the ministry] and the Turkish Armed Forces are decisively continuing their battle” with the movement.

“The fight is being carried out with attention and precision in line with the criteria determined by all force commanders, headquarters, unions and institutions as a whole and is continuing as new information and documents are published.”

Akar said the purge was making the Turkish military stronger and more effective.

During the state of emergency, which ended in July 2018, over 5,000 military members including high-ranking generals were purged from the army under government decrees.