Two Turkish generals accused of being involved in the military coup have been detained at Dubai airport in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday (26 July). Both of them were based in Afghanistan, CNN Turk— a local news television reported citing diplomatic sources.

According to the authorities in Dubai, the two men held in the country are Major-General Cahit Bakir, a commander of Turkish forces serving in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led security force in Afghanistan, and Brigadier Sener Topuc, who supervises education and aid in the country.

The detention comes as result of an operation undertaken by Turkish Foreign Ministry and National Intelligence Agency (MİT) officials, in cooperation with the Emirati authorities. They have been sent to Turkey for further legal procedure.

The putsch that occurred on the night of 15-16 July by Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) had claimed lives of at least 246 people. It also resulted into the arrest of thousands of service personnel and suspending of a number of judges, public officials, school teachers and university heads. Since then at least 99 top generals and admirals have been charged.

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Turkish commandos take part in an operation to search for missing military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup attempt, in Marmaris, Turkey. Two Afghan-based Turkish generals held in Dubai after failed coup attemptReuters

However, later it was reported that nearly 1, 200 soldiers, who were seized earlier, were released as they were low-ranking soldiers.

Following the coup, the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey effective from 20 July as a precautionary measure to keep the situation under control.