Latest from Turkey: Coup-attempting soldiers on Bosphorus Bridge surrender

09:02 Jul. 16, 2016

Coup-attempting soldiers on Bosphorus Bridge surrender

Turkish people holding flags are driven in a car towards Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge, Saturday, July 16, 2016 (AP photo)

Turkey's Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar rescued from pro-coup soldiers

Approximately 50 soldiers backing the coup against the Turkish government on Saturday surrendered on the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul that they had held throughout the night, Turkish Daily Sabah reported on Saturday.

The soldiers, dressed in full camouflage, walked out from behind their tank holding their hands above their heads, local television stations showed.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said 50 soldiers were arrested.


The bridge was one of the first locations seized by pro-coup troops during the initial stages of the coup.

Read also At least 60 dead, hundreds arrested in Turkey coup attempt

Meanwhile Turkey's news reports says military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has been rescued in an operation launched at an air base in the outskirts of Ankara.

Anadolu Agency says the general is being taken to a safe location.

CNN-Turk says Akar would now take over the command of the operation against the coup plotters.

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