President Erdogan appears on live TV, denounces coup

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the claims of coup by an army group after he flew in to Istanbul.

This was after an army group had claimed on early hours of Saturday (Indian time) of taking controlling of the governance in the country.

Erdogan, according to the BBC, appeared on national TV, where he was seen surrounded by cheering supporters. He described the coup attempt an “act of treason” adding that the army must be cleansed.

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According to prosecutors, 42 people mostly civilians died during overnight clashes in the capital, Ankara.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control and 130 people had so far been arrested.

He has ordered the military to shoot down aircraft being used by coup plotters.

Earlier, one of the helicopters being flown by forces involved in the coup attempt was shot down over Ankara.

There are no reports on the whereabouts of the military chief of staff, Gen Hulusi Akar, who is believed to have been taken hostage by rebel soldier.

Meanwhile, sporadic gunfire continue to be reported in major cities across Turkey.

Reports also say rebel soldiers in some areas have been surrendering their weapons to police loyal to Erdogan.

Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport is now under army control, and flights – which had been interrupted for some hours – were due to resume from 06:00 AM (local time).

 

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