The Merzifon Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 53 noncommissioned officers across 26 Turkish provinces over alleged links to the Gülen group, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
So far, 20 of the officers have reportedly been detained by police.
Since July 15, 2016, one hundred thirty generals and admirals in the Turkish military were either dismissed or suspended as part of the ongoing purge.
The Cumhuriyet daily reported in March that the government plans to investigate 90,000 more military personnel over links to the Gülen group.
“If it was a coup perpetrated by the Gülen group and 22,920 military personnel were dismissed for their connections to the movement as Erdoğan and the government assert, why did only 8,651 military members participate in the coup?” is a question being asked by critics.