At least 17 teachers in three provinces were detained as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement early Wednesday.

Detention warrants were issued for 20 teachers in an Aksaray-based probe while police were able to locate 17 of them as of mid-day. The suspects were detained in Aksaray, Ankara and Kirsehir provinces.

State-run Anadolu news agency said the teachers were earlier removed from their jobs over links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

The movement denies involvement in the abortive coup however, over 125,000 people have already been taken into custody over ties to the group so far.