The officials further added that the majority of those killed are civilians while state-run Turkish media had earlier said that 17 police officers were killed in a helicopter attack on special forces headquarters on the outskirts of Ankara on Friday night as the military launched a coup in Turkey and declared martial law and curfew.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Istanbul and was seen surrounded by cheering supporters as he called the coup attempt an ‘act of treason’.
The country’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control and around 754 others have so far been arrested.
He has ordered the military to shoot down aircraft being used by coup plotters.
Yildirim quoted by CNN-Turk furter added that commander of Turkey’s 1st Army, Gen. Umit Dundar, has been appointed acting chief of military staff.
Earlier President Erdogan said he had no information concerning Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, who was reportedly taken hostage at the military headquarters by coup plotters. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES