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    Alleged Leader of Military Coup Attempt Detained in Turkey - Reports

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    Akin Ozturk, who is an alleged leader of the military coup attempt in Turkey and the former commander of the country's air force, has been detained in Turkey, Sabah newspaper reported.

    Earlier in the day, it was reported that the coup attempt in Turkey was allegedly led by the ex-commander of the Turkish Air Force, Akin Ozturk. For about a year, Ozturk has been suspected of attempt to organize a military coup.

    Ozturk was the commander of the Turkish Air Force from 2013 until 2015.

    According to Sabah newspaper, Ozturk may be linked to Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen staying in self-imposed exile in the United States, who was blamed by Ankara for the attempted coup.

    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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