Turkish PM: 161 killed during attempted military coup (UPDATE)

Türkiye Materials 16 July 2016 14:02 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 13:39)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 16


Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that 161 people were killed during the attempted military coup in the country, TRT Haber news channel reported July 16.

Yildirim said 2,836 servicemen involved in the military coup attempt have been arrested in Turkey.

The forces attempted to overthrow the government through military means, will answer for their actions, added the prime minister.

He also noted that the movement of Fethullah Gulen (the US-based Islamic cleric) stands behind the attempted military coup.

Yildirim said despite the efforts of this movement, the people's will has won in Turkey.

The prime minister also noted that the arrests of servicemen, involved in the military coup, are continuing.

A coup attempt was launched in Turkey late on July 15 by a group of Turkish military servicemen.

There were reports saying that Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was seized. Reports also indicated that 46 military men headed the attempt.

Later, Turkish officials announced that the attempt was foiled.