Twelve students from Turkey’s Abant Izzet Baysal University were detained along with two teachers who were earlier dismissed from their jobs, over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement on Wednesday.

Police carried out operations in 4 provinces to round up 14 suspects upon the order from a Bolu prosecutor, media said.

The suspects are accused of using ByLock, an encrypted mobile app that the Turkish prosecutors say once top communication among the followers of the Gulen movement.

The Turkish government blames the Gulenists for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people including thousands of academics and university personnel have lost their jobs over Gulen links since the summer of 2016.

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