Out of 44 high ranking officers detained as part of an investigation into the July 15 coup, 40 were arrested on Sunday.

Police detained 44 high ranking officers including 3 colonels, 1 lieutenant colonel, 5 majors, 34 lieutenants and 1 senior master sergeant, on July 27.

While 40 of them were arrested, 4 were release on probation, on Sunday.

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.

More than 80,000 people have been purged from within public institutions while over 40,000 people have been detained over alleged links to the movement since July 15. Meanwhile, some 20,000 people were arrested, backing up claims that the government taps into the attempt in order to lock down dissidents working at state bodies.