Turkey detains 11 suspets involved in bid to seize Erdogan
Aug.1, Ankara: Turkish special forces have captured 11 soldiers suspected of being involved in a bid to seize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last month's failed coup attempt, state media reports said.
The state-run Anadolu Agency has reported that the 11 soldiers were caught in the Ula district of Mugla province after Turkish special forces, supported by helicopters and drones, were sent to the area after a tip-off from a local.
State-run media said gunfire broke out as the special forces clashed with the fugitives, but there were no reports of any casualties.
The soldiers were part of a group that launched an attack on a hotel where Erdogan was holidaying on the night of July 15 in the southwestern resort of Marmaris.
Erdogan, having been tipped off that he was in danger, had fled the hotel by the time they arrived, the agency said.
A total of 37 soldiers were reportedly involved in the operation to seize Erdogan in Marmaris and 25 of them had been caught earlier, according to state media.
Their capture came after Turkey dismissed nearly 1,400 more members of its armed forces and sacked a top military council with government ministers on Sunday in moves to tighten control of the military after the coup.
On Monday, Erdogan said that 18,699 people had been detained since the coup, with 10,137 of them placed under arrest.
Thousands of the detained have now been released, with an Istanbul court freeing 758 soldiers late on Friday, adding to another 3,500 former suspects already freed.
The Oslo Times International News Network