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    Detained Turkish soldiers who allegedly participated in the putsch claim to have mistaken the coup attempt for military exercises, local media reported on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, a military coup attempt was carried out in Turkey. According to the Turkish General Staff, 104 coup supporters were killed, while 47 civilians, 41 police officers, 2 soldiers died in clashes.

    "Only when people began to climb the tanks, we have understood everything," one of the detainees said, as quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan accused Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, an outspoken critic of the government in self-imposed exile in the United States, of organizing the unrest.


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