: More than 1,500 in custody over coup in Turkey

11:12 Jul. 16, 2016

More than 1,500 in custody over coup in Turkey

Turkey military coup (AP photo)

Authorities detain militaries, involved in the plotting to overthrow the government

Turkish authorities have detained 1,563 military personnel during the last several hours. Five generals and 29 colonels are suspended. All of them – took part in a coup. Overnight the plotters deployed tanks and attack helicopters to overthrow the government. Turkey's police chief said that at least 16 coup plotters have been killed during the clashes, 200 soldiers surrendered to the police.

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As of now, Turkey's government claims to have gained control over the country. However, CNN reports on sounds of fighting that can be heard both in Ankara and Istanbul. At least one air force base in the country is still in control of the insurgents.

Fethullah Gulen, the exiled cleric whom President Erdogan accused of plotting, denies any role in the coup.

The overthrow attempt started late Friday. The militaries blocked the roads in Istanbul and Ankara with tanks, closed airports, bombed the parliament buildings, and stormed the intelligence headquarters and presidential palace.



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