Turkish military chief: 194 dead following attempted coup

A total of 194 people were killed in an attempted coup in Turkey, acting military chief Umit Dundar says, adding that 47 civilians and 104 military personnel involved in the coup are among the dead.

The other victims were 41 police officers and two soldiers not involved in the plot, Dundar says.

The Turkish military announced late Friday that it was seizing power to restore order.

Aerial bombings, military blockades and clashes between mobs and armed forces were reported across Turkey overnight, but the government has since largely quelled the uprising and arrested more than 1,500 military personnel.

"Those who betray their state and country will not go unpunished," Dundar said.

First Army commander General Dundar was appointed acting head of the military after Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar went missing. Akar has since been "rescued from captivity," a government official said.

Last update: Sat, 16/07/2016 - 15:09
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