Turkish News Agency Removes Report on Air Force Ex-Chief Role in Coup

© REUTERS / Tumay BerkinSecurity forces loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan guard the General Staff headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, July 17, 2016.
Security forces loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan guard the General Staff headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, July 17, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu has removed a report from its website that claimed a former airforce commander admitted having masterminded the recent coup attempt.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – Gen. Akin Ozturk was arrested alongside more than 20 senior Turkish officers on suspicion of having links to last Friday’s failed military takeover, according to the agency. Anadolu said previously he had admitted plotting the unrest.

Policemen stand atop military armored vehicles after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
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But in an article that appeared in place of the deleted story, the Turkish general was quoted as saying that, "I am not the person who planned, led and implemented the military putsch."

Around 290 people were killed and over a thousand wounded in the failed attempt by the military to grab power in Turkey. The Turkish government has accused US-based Muslim cleric Muhammed Fethullah Gulen of having played a key role in the coup.

© REUTERS / Vasilis Ververidis/EurokinissiTwo of the eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter and requested political asylum after a failed military coup against the government, are brought to prosecutor by two policemen in the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis, Greece, July 17, 2016.
Two of the eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter and requested political asylum after a failed military coup against the government, are brought to prosecutor by two policemen in the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis, Greece, July 17, 2016. - Sputnik International
Two of the eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter and requested political asylum after a failed military coup against the government, are brought to prosecutor by two policemen in the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis, Greece, July 17, 2016.

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