The Interior Ministry announced on Thursday that 1,218 gendarmerie staff with suspected Gülenist terror cult (FETÖ) links have been suspended from duty under the scope of the ongoing post-coup investigation.
Out of the 1,218 staff, 419 are officers, while 604 are sergeants, 158 are specialist gendarme sergeants, and 9 are civil servants.
On July 15, a small military junta linked to FETÖ attempted to topple the democratically elected government in Turkey and bring martial law. The attempt was prevented by military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens in favor of democracy.
246 people, consisting of mostly civilians, have been killed by pro-coup soldiers, while over 2,000 people were injured.
Turkey's ruling and opposition parties have united against the coup attempt, condemning it in the harshest terms and underscoring their determination to preserve democracy and the rule of law in Turkey.