A total of fifty-seven civilians were detained as part of ongoing operations targeting the followers of Turkey’s Gülen group due to their use of a smart phone application known as ByLock.

According to the Cumhuriyet daily, police carried out opertaions in 32 districts of İstanbul throughout Friday. Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool among Gülenists.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since a failed coup attempt last July.

 

Some of the detainees were reportedly dismissed from profession with recent decrees issued by Turkish government in the aftermath of the coup attempt.