Police teams on Monday were conducting simultaneous operations in a number of Turkish provinces in order to detain 80 people for whom detention warrants were issued by an İstanbul prosecutor due to their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.
The detention warrants for the 80 people were issued by the Anatolia Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in İstanbul.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.
According to a statement from Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on April 2, a total of 113,260 people have been detained as part of investigations into the Gülen movement since the July 15 coup attempt while 47,155 were put into pre-trial detention.