Twelve prison guardians were arrested along with five court reporters in Turkey’s Mardin province as part of an investigation into the July 15 coup attempt probe.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed some 240 people and wounded a thousand others. While the government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding the putsch, the movement has repeatedly repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically-elected administrations.

In a separate incident, a total of 26 personnel at Diyarbakır E and D type prisons were detained over their alleged ties to the Gulen Movement, on Sunday.

A total of 81,494 people have been purged from state bodies, 40,029 detained and 20,355 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.