Over 40 people killed in Turkey during overnight clashes

Over 40 people killed in Turkey during overnight clashes

Over 40 people killed in Turkey during overnight clashes

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jul, 2016 | 9:02 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has flown in to Istanbul, after an army group said it took over the country. He was seen surrounded by supporters, and said the coup attempt was an “act of treason” in a live TV speech.

The prosecutor’s office said that Forty-two people died during overnight clashes in the capital, Ankara, most of them civilians. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control and 130 people had so far been arrested.

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Turkey, P M Amza noted that orders were made to the military to shoot down aircrafts being used by coup plotters.

Earlier, one of the helicopters being flown by forces involved in the coup attempt was shot down over Ankara. However, the whereabouts of the military chief of staff remains unknown and sporadic gunfire is still reported in major cities.

Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport is now under army control, and flights – which had been interrupted for some hours – are due to resume.

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