Turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 88 people for alleged links to the Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to the pro-gov’t Yeni Şafak daily, as part of an investigation based in the İzmir province, simultaneous raids were conducted on Wednesday morning to detain 22 ‘Gülenists’.
In an Adiyaman-based operation, police detained 20 people including former police officers in eight provinces.
In a central Kirsehir-based operation conducted across five provinces, as well as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, police detained nine on-duty soldiers.
Later the same day, at least 15 suspects were detained in 10 difference provinces after Bursa’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued warrants for 22 on-duty soldiers.
In a central Aksaray-based operation conducted across 10 provinces, nine others were detained by police. Among the suspects were teachers, engineers and tax inspectors.
in eastern Kars province, six on-duty police personnel were detained for their links to the group.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (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.