Turkey PM: 161 dead in coup bid, almost 3 000 held

2016-07-16 13:02
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demonstrate at the Turkish consulate in Stuttgart, Germany. (Andreas Rosar, dpa via AP)

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demonstrate at the Turkish consulate in Stuttgart, Germany. (Andreas Rosar, dpa via AP)

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Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday 161 people were killed in the coup attempt against the government, with 2 839 soldiers now detained on suspicion of involvement.

Yildirim, speaking outside his Cankaya palace in Ankara and flanked by top general Hulusi Akar who was held during the coup attempt, also described the putsch bid as a "black stain" on Turkish democracy. He added that 1 440 people had been wounded.

The toll 161 did not include the assailants, he emphasised. Turkey's acting army chief Umit Dundar had earlier said 104 putschists had been killed.

READ: 104 plotters killed in Turkey coup attempt - army

Yildirim blamed the coup attempt on the supporters of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, who Ankara has for years accused of working to overthrow the authorities and wants to see brought to justice.

The US has shown little interest so far to Turkey's requests for his extradition.

"Fethullah Gülen is the leader of a terrorist organisation," the premier said.

"Whichever country is behind him is not a friend of Turkey and in a serious war against Turkey," he added.

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