Turkish coup d'état:: Turkish soldiers say they were 'not aware they were part of coup attempt'

17:16 Jul. 16, 2016

Turkish soldiers say they were 'not aware they were part of coup attempt'

A police officer talks with the soldiers involved in the coup attempt after they surrendered on Bosphorus bridge on July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey (Getty Images)

About 3,000 army members, including ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers, were detained in less than 24 after the failed bid to overthrow the government 

Some of the soldiers who were detained at a military headquarters in Turkey have reportedly told interrogators they were not aware they were part of a coup attempt, The Independent reports.

They had been told by commanders they were taking part in military manoeuvres, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper has reported. Some soldiers said they understood they were part of a coup when they saw civilians climb on tanks.

Meanwhile graphic pictures have been shared on social media allegedly showing the beheading of a Turkish soldier following an attempted coup.

The pictures show the man's body on one of the bridges crossing the Bosphorus river in Istanbul, after he was allegedly beheaded by supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The soldiers, who had blocked the bridge throughout the coup, surrendered earlier on Saturday.

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