At least 1,563 military personnel arrested, army chief rescued after coup attempt in Turkey

 Turkish authorities have detained 1,563 military personnel across the country after a coup attempt overnight by a faction of the military, an official told Reuters.

The soldiers attempted to use tanks and attack helicopters to overthrow the government.

Meanwhile the head of Turkey’s armed forces has been rescued after being held hostage during an attempted coup by a military faction which used tanks and attack helicopters to try to seize power overnight, a senior Turkish official said.

Hulusi Akar had been held by rebel soldiers during the attempted coup, Turkish broadcasters said.

 

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