Turkish Coup Attempt Was Led by Ex-Commander of Turkish Air Force - Reports

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A military coup attempt in Turkey was allegedly led by the ex-commander of the Turkish Air Force, Akin Ozturk, DHA agency reported.

According to the DHA, Ozturk was the commander of the Turkish Air Force from 2013 until 2015. Since August 2015, Ozturk has been a Member of the Turkish Supreme Military Council.

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For about a year, Ozturk has been suspected of attempt to organize a military coup, the DHA reported.

The media noted that Ozturk could decide to carry out the military coup attempt before the upcoming military council, where his possible links with Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen were to be discussed.

Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup is taking place in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to streets, stating that the coup attempt was carried out by a small group within the military.

The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters have been detained and the country is returning to normal life. Over 180 were killed and 1470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have been detained, according to the prime minister.

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