Turkey’s president has told the nation that his government is in charge after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left dozens dead.
A total of 2,839 military personnel have been detained across the country as the government cracked down on the attempted coup, the Turkish Prime Minister said.
Colonels and generals implicated in the rebellion were fired and loyal troops rescued the military chief who had been taken hostage at an air base on the outskirts of Ankara.
General Umit Dundar, the newly appointed acting chief of the general staff, said more than 190 people died in clashes: 41 police officers, two soldiers, 47 civilians and 104 people described as “coup plotters.”
The acting chief of general staff said officers from the Air Force, the military police and the armored units were mainly involved in the attempt.