Turkey Coup: 60 dead; President calls it an act of treason and insurgency

Istanbul: On Saturday, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a declaration of an attempted military coup against his government and termed it as an act of treason. Along with this, he pledged to his supporters the coup which has resulted in all the chaos will see its plotters pay for it.

On arriving at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, Erdogen in his speech said, “This is a movement of treason and an insurgency. Let me tell you that they will pay a heavy price for this treason.”

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President added, “There is a government in power and a president in power elected by the people. We are on duty and we will continue to conduct our duty until the very end.”

Late in the night on Friday, reports surfaced that the soldiers were trying to take control of the bridges and the key areas in the big cities. Sometime later, army helicopters were seen launching airstrikes and bombarding the major locations in the capital, Ankara.

As of now, 130 soldiers who were part of the coup have been detained. Around 60 civilians have been killed in the coup. The army helicopters also struck a bomb near the Turkish Grand Assembly and shelling has been reported in many areas including that at the ruling AK Party headquarters. However, now the coup is over and everything is under control.

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Also, the Turkish President held the religious scholar based in US, Fethullah Gulen responsible for the coup here. Following the coup, on Saturday Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced Umit Diindar as the new chief of the military staff. The current head of the armed forces, General Hulusi Akar has been taken hostage by the ones who attempted coup.

The coup saw the flights being either diverted or suspended. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also called for an emergency meet in the parliament later in the day.