Turkey’s Maarif Foundation (TMV), a state-run education body, has taken over eleven schools affiliated with the Gülen group in Ethiopia, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The schools handed over to TMV include a kindergarten, an elementary school and middle and high schools.

After the coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expanded a witch-hunt against Gülen followers worldwide, asking several countries to close down Gülen-affiliated schools and institutions as well as to detain and extradite teachers, businessmen and their families who sympathize with the group.

The state-run Maarif Foundation, which was established by the government in 2016, has signed memorandums of understanding with 26 countries in Africa to take control of schools belonging to group’s followers.

The Gülen group has schools and universities set up in more than 160 countries.