Five people were detained in Turkey’s border province of Edirne while they were on their way to escape to the Greece, Dogan news agency reported on Friday.

Detainees, among them a woman, had outstanding arrest warrants as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement.

Gendarmerie rounded up the suspects near the Uyuklu village in Edirne.

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.

More than 126,000 people 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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