Turkey PM: 208 killed in coup attempt, 7,500 detained

Türkiye Materials 18 July 2016 14:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 18


Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says 208 people lost their lives in the July 15 military coup attempt, while 7,500 people were detained in connection with the attempt.

Yildirim, addressing a meeting of the country’s Cabinet of Ministers July 18, said there are 60 policemen, three servicemen and 145 civilians among those killed.

He added that 1,491 people were wounded.

Among those detained, as Yildirim said, there are 755 judges.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the prime minister thanked the opposition for its support.

He said the servicemen involved in the coup attempt were “terrorists in uniform.”

“I would like to thank the Turkish media,” said Yildirim, adding that they have supported democracy since the beginning.

He also said the Turkish people “took to the streets and supported the interests of the state.”

Yildirim added that the attempted coup will not affect the fight against terrorism and the country’s ability to withstand external challenges.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country.

Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.