Turkish prosecutors have ordered the arrest of at least five active duty and five retired generals along with other suspects over their alleged role in the 1990s ousting of an Islamist prime minister.

The police on Tuesday searched the homes of 16 suspects, including some colonels, noncommissioned officers and one civilian who served in the military.

Police have previously arrested more than 30 officers, including some powerful generals, in the probe over their role in forcing the resignation in 1997 of an Islamist Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan.

The officers are accused of pressuring Erbakan to resign over his alleged attempts to increase the profile of Islam in this predominantly Muslim but secular country.