At least 21 women were detained as part of an investigation into the alleged “female network” of the Gulen Movement, which the government accuses of orchestrating the failed July 15 coup attempt.

Detention warrants had earlier been issued against 31 women. While police carried out operation in eight provinces, 21 suspects including students, dormitory managers and civilians have been detained so far.

Suspects are accused of either providing financial support to the movement or involving in its allegedly confidential activities.

Meanwhile, 12 other women who had been detained in a separate investigation into the movement in Zonguldak, were referred to the court, on Monday.

Turkey has already detained 41,000 and arrested 22,000 people since the coup attempt.