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Operation to arrest coup plotters conducted at Konya airbase in Turkey

July 17, 23:41 UTC+3 ANKARA
Turkey’s police have also detailed 11 coup plotters at Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gokcen
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ANKARA, July 17. /TASS/. Turkey’s police used water cannons during an operation to detain coup plotters at the airbase in Konya, Haber Turk TV channel said on Sunday.

Police forces came to the airbase with a warrant to arrest a number of officers suspected of being involved in the failed coup attempt and several pilots of fighter jets.

The use of water cannons may mean that the police met resistance. According to available information, the operation at the airbase is not yet over.

Police arrest 11 coup plotters at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport

Turkey’s police have detailed 11 coup plotters at Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gokcen, Dogan news agence said on Sunday.

The police arrived at the airport with a warrant to arrest several officers of the local Gendarmerie department but were met with resistance. Police officers fired warning shots. After a short clash, the coup plotters surrendered. No one was killed.

A state coup was attempted in Turkey overnight to July 16. Biggest clashes were reported from Ankara and Istanbul. Turkey’s leaders said later on Saturday the coup was crushed and the government regained control in the country. According to the latest reports, more than 290 people were killed and more than 1,400 were injured in clashes.

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