Detention warrants have been issued for at least 70 more soldiers of various ranks as part of an investigation into Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by Turkish authorities of orchestrating a failed coup in Turkey last summer, DHA news agency reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, the warrants issued by the Konya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and police launched operations in seven provinces to detain suspected military members.
The Gülen group is accused by the Turkish government of mounting the coup attempt, but denies any involvement.
One hundred thirty generals and admirals in the Turkish military were either dismissed or suspended as part of the widespread purge following the failed coup attempt.
In February Defense Minister Işık said 30,000 new recruits would be enlisted in the Turkish army.
A month later Işık declared that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government had dismissed a total of 22,920 military personnel (6,511 officers and 16,409 cadets) after the coup attempt although the Turkish military stated on July 27 that only 8,651 military members including cadets and conscripts took part in the failed coup.
The Cumhuriyet daily reported in March that the government plans to investigate 90,000 more military personnel over links to the Gülen group.