Twelve academics and staff from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University were detained on Thursday over their links with faith-based Gülen movement that Turkish authorities accuse of being behind a failed coup in last July.

As part of an investigation by Muğla Public Prosecutor’s Office, police raided houses of suspects on Thursday and detained twelve suspects while two others are still being searched.

On July 15 last year, a group of rebel soldiers attempted to a military coup that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Following the attempt, President Erdoğan and the Turkish government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

The movement denies any involvement