Some 82,000 state employees have been suspended or dismissed from work over suspected links to the group behind the July 15 attempted coup, Turkish Prime Minister announced on Saturday.

Speaking to Turkish media at Çankaya Palace in Ankara, PM Binali Yıldırım said, 76,597 had been suspended and 4,897 dismissed. Of those sacked, more than 3,000 were military staff, judges and civil servants.

Turkey survived a bloody coup attempt on July 15 and state institutions has been undergoing an unabated purge as part of investigations into the attempt since then.

The detentions, arrests, dismissals and massive purges that followed the crackdown widened and increased after a state of emergency was declared on July 20, concentrating power formally into the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by allowing him and his cabinet to make laws by fiat.