At least 60 people affiliated with Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by authorities of masterminding a coup attempt last year, have been detained while trying to flee to Greece and Bulgaria, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

The report said that majority of them were detained in the northwestern Edirne province.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.