Latest from Turkey: Explosion hits pro-Erdogan rally in Turkey

09:41 Aug. 4, 2016

Explosion hits pro-Erdogan rally in Turkey

At least two people were injured in explosion in Turkey (photo source: twitter.com/metesohtaoglu)

At least two people were injured, local media agencies report 

An explosion rocked Antalya province in southern Turkey where the pro-Erdogan rally was taking place on Wednesday evening, August 3. At least two people participating in the demonstration were wounded after the blast, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu.

"It seems to be an improvised explosive device", provincial police chief Cemil Tonbul said. 

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The people hit by the explosion were reportedly protesting against the failed coup attempt that occurred in Turkey on July 15. A series of similar demonstrations are taking place throughout the country.

The final rally is scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 7 in Istanbul. Turkish President Erdogan and other high-ranking officials are expected to take part in the event and address the people, BBC reports.

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The military coup started in Turkey on late Friday, July 15. A group of military servicemen announced it was taking control of the country. However, after several skirmishes the pro-government forces managed to fight them off, and Erdogan declared the coup had failed. 

Ankara named Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, who lived in America, a mastermind behind the coup. Thousands of soldiers, judges and prosecutors were arrested, and dozens of thousands were either fired, suspended or under investigation. 

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