ISTANBUL, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police on Wednesday captured at least 40 people in the western province of Izmir over their alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a coup bid in 2016, local media reported.
The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Izmir ordered the detention of 71 suspects, including former soldiers, former military students, teachers and imams of the network led by U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, according to the private Ihlas news agency.
The operations are continuing throughout the city of Izmir to catch the remaining suspects, said the report.
Earlier in the day, prosecutors in Istanbul ordered the detention of 33 military personnel in 19 provinces over suspected links to the Gulen movement.
The Turkish government blames Gulen and his network for being behind the failed coup in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.