Forty-six more military members have been detained in the last 24 hours over alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, as part of investigations launched by the Kastamonu, Adıyaman and Merzifon chief public prosecutor’s offices, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
The Gülen movement is accused by the Turkish government of mounting a coup attempt in July 2016. The movement strongly denies any involvement.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government dismissed a total of 24,977 military members including 150 generals, 4,630 officers, 2,167 noncommissioned officers, 1,210 specialized sergeants, 411 civil servants and workers, and 16,409 cadets following the failed coup over their claimed links to the Gülen movement.
The government has up until now employed a total of 15,850 military personnel including 1,763 officers, 4,135 noncommissioned officers, 3,698 specialized sergeants, 6,162 contracted privates and 92 civil servants, the report said.