A total of 5 people have been stopped near in Edirne province while they were reportedly on their way to Greece, media reported.

Dogan news agency said Sunday that gendarmerie stopped 5 people in a military zone near Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne.

All of the detainees, among them a dismissed academic and three private school employees, had outstanding arrest warrants issued earlier over their alleged use of ByLock mobile app.

Turkish authorities believe that ByLock is a communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement, accused of mounting the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. The movement denies involvement.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against true or alleged followers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 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.

On Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.