İzmir police have detained at least 73 military cadets in midnight raids over alleged involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt.

According to Turkish journalist Sevinç Özarslan, the purge-victim cadets were minors on the night of the coup attempt that killed 251 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the abortive putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group. The group denies any involvement.

So far, a total of 259 military cadets have been given lengthy prison sentences on charges of attempting to overturn the constitutional order and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and parliament by use of force as well as membership in a terrorist organization.  The cadets say they had no information about a coup attempt unfolding and were acting on orders from their superiors, who told them there was a terrorist attack.