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At least 90 killed in Turkey coup violence-local media

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:19

At least 90 people are dead and more than 1500 injured after a coup attempt in Turkey. Julie Noce reports.

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At least 90 people were killed and more than 1500 injured during an attempted military coup in Turkey, local media say. The attempted overthrow began on Friday evening but appeared to be crumbling by Saturday morning as soldiers were seen in police custody. Initially, a faction of the Turkish military took control of the airports, and tanks blocked bridges and major thoroughfares in the capital Ankara and also in Istanbul. Soldiers forced a newsreader at the state run TRT television network to read the announcement which called for countrywide curfew and martial law. President Tayyip Erdogan , who had been on vacation in southern Turkey, spoke to the public on a video call that was broadcast on CNN Turk and encouraged people defy the curfew. And that's just what they did. As the night wore on, the momentum appeared to turn against the coup plotters. Crowds gathered in front of and on top of tanks and on the streets. On Saturday morning, senior Turkish officials said some 1,500 military personnel had been detained.

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At least 90 killed in Turkey coup violence-local media

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:19