The Ordu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 16 military personnel of various ranks as part of an investigation into people claimed to have links to the Gülen group, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the report, 12 of the 16 have been detained in operations in nine provinces.

The Gülen group is accused by the Turkish government of mounting a coup attempt in July 2016.

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 group.

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.

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