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    Turkish Helicopter Landed in Greece Had 3 Officers, 5 Soldiers on Board

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    Two majors, one captain and five privates were on board of the Turkish military helicopter which landed in Greece following the coup attempt in Turkey, media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The servicemen on board asked for asylum, DHA news agency reported.

    Earlier in the day, a helicopter with eight alleged coup supporters on board landed in Alexandroupolis. Turkey asked Greece to return them. The Greek authorities replied that they will return the helicopter but will apply general procedure to the detained passengers who intend to ask for asylum in the country.

    The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters were identified and would be apprehended as the country was returning to normal life. Over 180 people were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have already been detained, according to the prime minister.

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