The pro-government Yeni Şafak daily on Sunday claimed that a new detention operation is underway targeting 13,000 police officers and civilians allegedly linked to the Gülen movement.

According to the report, the 13,000 are part of a list of 30,000 people, 17,000 of whom have already been investigated. The daily claimed that the new list was prepared in connection to an SD card obtained from a Gülen movement member and a mobile application named Co-Co.

As part of a witch-hunt launched against the Gülen movement following a failed coup on July 15, the Turkish government last week suspended 9,103 police officers.

The same day, Turkish prosecutors issued detention warrants for 4,900 members of the police force due to their alleged links to Gülen movement, with 1,120 of them having been taken into custody so far.

On Saturday, the Turkish government  issued two new state of emergency decrees, known as KHKs, dismissing 3,974 people including 484 academics from state positions.

A total of 1,037, including a general from the Turkish military, 1,127 from the Justice Ministry, 216 from the Ministry of Health, 56 from the Gendarmerie, 120 from the Coast Guard and 201 from the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) were dismissed, the highest figures in the new KHKs.

Critics say the purge in state institutions has been used as a tool to employ Erdoğan supporters within the state machinery.

According to a report issued in March by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), 4,811 academics have been dismissed from 112 universities across the country through decrees issued during a state of emergency declared after a failed coup on July 15.

Over 130,000 people from state institutions have been purged since July 15.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

The movement denies any involvement.

(Turkish Minute)