Police detained 12 more academics from Erzincan University over their alleged links to the Gülen Movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the coup attempt on July 15.

Police carried out operations in five provinces in early Friday and took 12 faculty members into custody.

The detainees have been added to already high number of academics detained since July 15.

The government detained more than 40,000 people and arrested around 24,000 over coup charges so far.