6,000 Detained Following Coup Attempt In Turkey
Following the coup attempt on Friday, Turkish officials detained 6,000 people who were believed to be involved in plotting against the government. They also said they recovered the bodies of over 100 of those who tried to take over the government.
“It was understood in a short time that this was more than a treacherous plot: It was a terrorist campaign,” Turkish government officials said in a statement. “The perpetrators fired at their own people, stabbed their commanders in the back and bombed the National Parliament and the Office of the Presidency.”
The civilian death toll was also high. Turkish officials said “more than 190 of our citizens were left dead and more than 1400 wounded.”
After the deadly weekend, authorities were committed to restoring order to their nation. “Turkey has a history full of democratic victories and it will always uphold democracy,” officials with the Turkish President’s Office tweeted. President Tayyip Erdogan spent Sunday attending the funerals of those slain.
Turkish officials blamed the coup attempt on the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO).