World Middle East 27 Jul 2016 Turkish military say ...

Turkish military says coup plotting soldiers account for 1.5 per cent of its force

REUTERS
Published Jul 27, 2016, 9:23 pm IST
Updated Jul 27, 2016, 9:24 pm IST
The armed forces said 35 planes, including 24 fighter jets and 37 helicopters, were used in the coup attempt.
246 armoured vehicles were also used in the coup attempt. (Photo: AP)
 246 armoured vehicles were also used in the coup attempt. (Photo: AP)

Istanbul: The Turkish military said on Wednesday that 8,651 soldiers took part in a failed attempt to overthrow the government earlier this month, accounting for about 1.5 per cent of the army.

In a statement carried by Turkey's NTV television, the military said the soldiers belonged to a "terrorist" network led by Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric who has led a religious movement for decades.

 

The armed forces said 35 planes, including 24 fighter jets and 37 helicopters, were used in the coup attempt on July 15 when at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured. It said 37 tanks and 246 armoured vehicles were also used in the coup attempt and added that it has the power to put down any further threats.

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