Turkish prosecutors on Friday ordered the detention of 300 military personnel over their alleged links to a group accused of masterminding a coup bid in 2016, local media reported.
The state-run Anadolu Agency said 211 of the 300 suspects are actively serving in the Turkish Armed Forces, while the others have been suspended from their duty.
“A total of 150 suspects have been detained in operations launched early in the morning following the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul,’’ it said.
A day earlier, prosecutors in the western province of Izmir ordered the detention of 96 suspects, including 91 suspended soldiers, over their alleged links to the failed coup.
Report says the Turkish government blames the network led by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, for the failed coup in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.