Turkish prosecutors on Monday issued detention warrants for 36 soldiers for their alleged links to a network believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016.

The country’s Police launched simultaneous operations in 32 provinces to catch the suspects upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Balikesir, the state-run Anadolu agency said.

Those targeted in the operations were reportedly soldiers on active duty, retired and dismissed military personnel.

According to Anadolu, so far, 24 of the suspects have been detained, while operations are going on to capture the remaining ones.

All of the suspects have alleged connections with the network headed by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.’’

The Turkish government blames Mr Gulen and his network for masterminding the coup bid in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.

Since then, Turkey has been pushing for Mr Gulen’s extradition.

(NAN)

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