Turkey Violence: 42 people died during Turkey Coup attempt


The attack happened on Friday night at Turkish capital Ankara during the coup attempt. Atleast 42 people were killed and many others are wounded, officials said.

Seventeen of those killed were police officers, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

NTV television said, “Atleast 42 people are known to have died.”

“Plotters opened fire on civilians without hesitation”, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

He further added, “More than 130 people have been detained in relation to the coup attempt”.

“On the Saturday morning, soldiers again started firing in Ankara and Istanbul, although fighter jets have taken off to deal with rogue military aircraft”, he added.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said, “Operations at the airport were back to normal and that flights would begin again at 6am.”

During the incident, gunfire was also heard in the Turkish capital Ankara as military jets was seen flying overhead and tanks roam the streets.

The military chief asserted that, “Soldiers are trying to take over the Turkish capital”.

In the capital, a curfew has been enforced with martial law in place. Moreover, the internet facilities have been closed and people are being told to stay indoors.

“I have called my supporters to take to the streets to oppose the soldiers who are trying to seize control of the country”, President Tayyip Erdogan said.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a television interview that, “members of the movement loyal to US-based cleric Fethulah Gulen were involved in the attempted military coup”.