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Turkey's deadly military coup attempt: As it happened

By Gayatri Sankar | Last Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 18:11
Zee Media Bureau

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan successfully battled to regain control over Turkey on Saturday after a coup bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was faltering.

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18:11 PM

Turkey military coup an act of treason and those responsible will pay heavily, says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

17:02 PM

There are at least 148 Indian children and 38 officials in Trapzon in Turkey and they are all safe. They will start returning in batches from 18th July, says Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

16:25 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says all units, personnel in Turkey safe after coup attempt.

16:20 PM

At least 754 members of armed forces detained across Turkey following failed military coup attempt, says media report.

16:19 PM

Turkey has asked neighbouring Greece to extradite eight coup plotters who fled across the border in a military helicopter, Ankara's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells Turkish television.

16:03 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg hails the mass turnout of Turks on the streets overnight which played a critical role in thwarting a coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

15:04 PM

Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says 161 dead in Turkey coup attempt.

Turkish PM denounced a bid by a group in the military to topple his government as a "black stain" on Turkish democracy. "The night of July 15, Friday is a black stain on Turkish democracy," Yildirim said.

12:32 PM

Turkish military chief rescued after being held during coup bid, says official.

12:32 PM

Turkish Parliament convenes extraordinary session after coup attempt.

12:30 PM

90 dead, 1,154 wounded in Turkey coup attempt, says state news agency. The report further states that nearly 200 soldiers at the military Headquarter surrender.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced what he said was an "illegal attempt" by elements in the military after bridges were partially shut down in Istanbul and jets flew low over Ankara.

"We are working on the possibility of an attempt. We will not allow this attempt," he told NTV television by telephone, without expanding on the nature of the move but saying it was by a group in the Turkish military.

"Those who are in this illegal act will pay the highest price," he added, saying it would not be correct to describe the move as a "coup". 

AFP

First Published: Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 18:13
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