Latest developments in Turkey: At least 60 dead, more than 700 arrested in Turkey coup attempt

08:44 Jul. 16, 2016

At least 60 dead, more than 700 arrested in Turkey coup attempt

Turkish soldiers, arrested by civilians, are handed to police officers, in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016 (AP photo)

Turkey's President and Prime Minister say situation is largely under control

At least 60 people, including civilians, were killed during the clashes and incidents after a group of soldiers attempted a coup starting from late on July 15, a high ranking Ankara prosecutor has said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

42 of the victims are reported in the capital city of Ankara.

Earlier the authorities said the plotters killed 17 policemen in an attack on the Gölbaşı Special Forces Department headquarters in the Turkish capital.

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On Saturday morning Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has announced that a total of 754, mostly military officers, have been detained across the country over the charges of coup attempt.

This doubled the figure at 336 announced by sources from the Interior Ministry earlier.

Anadolu state agency said those who were detained were members of what it called "pro-Gülenist terror organization."

29 colonels and five generals taking part in the coup were removed from duty by the Ministry of Interior on early Saturday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he will not leave Ataturk Airport in Istanbul until the situation in the country returns to normal.

"Turkish Airlines began its operations. There is a small distress in Ankara," Erdogan told a large crowd gathered at the airport.

"There is no leaving here until this situation goes back to normal. I will not leave, too," he was quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency.

Erdogan slammed U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of leading a terrorist organization and attempting to infiltrate and overthrow the democratically-elected government in Turkey.

"It is enough the betrayal you have done to this nation," Erdogan said, though not mentioning Gulen's name, and called him to return to his country, where he would face trial.


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