Turkish military say coup attempt has been quashed

 
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At Least 90 Killed in Attempted Military Coup in Turkey
Erdogen has condemned the attempted coup (Source: Getty)

The attempted coup in Turkey by a faction of the military has been quashed, Turkey's acting military chief of staff says.

Near 3,000 soldiers have been arrested in the wake of the failed coup, with 2,700 judges fired. Some 161 people died in the turmoil.

Last night gunfire and explosions went off in capital Ankara and Istanbul, with a faction of the military stating they wanted "to ensure and restore constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms".

They tired to establish a "peace council" and announced there would be martial law.

However, after having taken strategic positions, including on bridges, the coup was eventually foiled and condemned by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A lot is still unclear, but Erdogan has blamed a "parellel structure" in reference to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric, who he accused of sparking unrest.

Gulen has rejected any responsibility and condemned the attempted coup.

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