At least 36 suspects, including on-duty soldiers and police officers, were arrested across Turkey on Nov. 18 over suspected links to the Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt last year.

According to the Hürriyet daily, nine suspects, including seven on-duty soldiers, were arrested in eastern Erzurum province as part of a probe launched by the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The Gülen group and its leader Fethullah Gülen deny any involvement in the attempt, yet; Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

According to a tally by, nearly 146,000 people, including some 10,000 soldiers, have been dismissed from government jobs, more than 122,00 detained and almost 57,000 arrested over links to the movement.