A non-commissioned police officer until he was dismissed in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup, identified as C.B.A., has been detained while he was reportedly on his way to illegally sneak into Iraq along with his children.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Monday that gendarmerie rounded up C.B.A. as well as his daughter and son near Turkey-Iraq border in Sirnak province.

C.B.A. has been wanted over his alleged ties to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the failed putsch. The movement denies involvement in the attempt.

Meanwhile, another dismissed non-commissioned officer, identified as O.C., was detained around the same location, Anadolu said.

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 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.