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 2,839 military suspected of coup plotting detained throughout Turkey, PM Binali Yildirim says

The military takeover in Turkey has been squashed and government's reprisal promises to be merciless.

Censor.NET reports citing the latest update by BBC.

Some 2,839 soldiers, including high-ranking officers, have been arrested after an attempted coup that is now over, said Turkey's PM Binali Yildirim.

Explosions and gunfire were heard in Ankara, Istanbul and elsewhere overnight and thousands of Turks heeded President Erdogan's call to rise up against the coup-plotters.

It is unclear who was behind the coup.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed a "parallel structure" - a reference to Fethullah Gulen, a powerful but reclusive US-based Muslim cleric whom he accuses of fomenting unrest.

Mr Gulen has rejected any suggestion of links to what happened, saying he condemned "in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey". The Turkish government wants his extradition.

Some 2,745 Turkish judges have also been dismissed in the wake of the coup, state media say.

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The latest death toll stands at 265, including 161 civilians and police. The rest are "coup plotters", officials say.

According to one military official, more than 100 "coup plotters" have been killed.

"The coup attempt has been foiled," acting army chief General Umit Dundar said.

Dundar said the coup attempt "was rejected by chain of command immediately" and 104 men responsible have since been killed.

 
 
 
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