Turkish government has issued detention warrants for a total of 168 people in Istanbul’s Uskudar and Umraniye districts due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement.

Among the individuals for whom detention warrants have been issued as part of an Istanbul-based operation are those accused for using a smart phone application known as ByLock.

Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.

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 Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

More than 145,000 people have lost their jobs while over 120,000 were detained and some 55,000 were put in pre-trial arrest over ties to the movement since last summer.

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