ISTANBUL, July 15, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's gendarmerie guard a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 15, 2016. Turkey's gendarmerie on Friday night closed the two bridges that connect Istanbul's Asian and European parts over the Bosphorus Strait, Turkish media reported. Turkish Prime minister Binali Yildirim told local media on Friday night that there has been a mutiny attempt in Turkey. (Xinhua/Saltanat)
ANKARA/ISTANBUL, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's acting army chief Gen. Umit Dundar said Saturday that 104 coup plotters have been killed and 1,563 soldiers detained.
"We're determined to cleanse the army of a parallel structure," the chief said in a televised speech soon after he was promoted from the rank of 1st Army Commander to replace Gen. Hulusi Akar, who was taken hostage in the coup attempt that swept the country on Friday night but was later rescued.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier blamed the coup on the movement led by Turkey's Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen now living in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Ankara has been accusing the movement of running a parallel state and trying to topple the Turkish government.
Earlier on Saturday, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported the death toll in the military coup attempt has risen to 90, including 41 police, with 1,154 wounded.
At least 700 unarmed soldiers at the Turkish military headquarters have surrendered, the report said.
by Maria Spiliopoulou
ATHENS, July 16 (Xinhua) -- A Turkish military helicopter landed in the city of Alexandroupoli in northern Greece, close to the borderline with Turkey on Saturday and the eight people onboard requested political asylum in Greece, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.
According to Greek military sources, the eight people may have participated in Friday's military coup attempt in Turkey. Full story
ANKARA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in the military coup attempt in Turkey has risen to 90, with 1,154 wounded, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Saturday.
At least 700 unarmed soldiers at the Turkish military headquarters have surrendered, the report said. Full story