A total of eighty-five military officers were arrested in separate operations targeting Turkey’s Gülen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt.

According to the Cumhuriyet daily, the suspects from were arrested as part of an investigation carried out by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. They are accused of being linked to the Gülen group and taking part in a failed military coup on July 15.

Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

The movement denies any involvement.

More than 100,000 people have been purged from state bodies and 32,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.

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