At least 4 people were detained near Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne province, media reported on Wednesday.

Gendarmerie stopped a car near Tayakadın village in Edirne and caught 4 people along with 2 smugglers on the car, in accordance with an earlier tip-off about alleged escapers to Greece.

State-run Anadolu news agency said the detainees were on their way to escape the would-be arrest over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement.

While the three of the suspects were jailed pending trial, interrogation was still ongoing for the remaining on Wednesday.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.

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