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Turkey rounds up thousands after military coup attempt

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:24

Forces loyal to the Turkish government are crushing the last remains of a military coup attempt which largely collapsed overnight. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A military coup attempt appears to have faltered in Turkey. Forces loyal to the government helped take back the country early Saturday. Some took charge of the bridge across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul with the help of water cannons. Others helped round up nearly 3,000 officers and soldiers. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, BINALI YILDIRIM, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE PARTLY COVERED WITH WIDE SHOT OF YILDIRIM SPEAKING) "More or less, all of those who form the backbone of this attempt were taken into custody. Things are under control." The attempt began Friday when the military tried to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters. At least 160 people were killed. After urging his supporters to take to the streets, President Tayyip Erdogan flew into Istanbul to reassert control. He accused followers of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of trying to instigate the uprising. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S., denied the accusations and condemned the attempted coup. As the round-up of plotters continues, Turkey is assessing the damage. The Parliament building in Ankara was littered with debris. And outside clean-up begins -- an effort to pick up the pieces as Turkey faces new challenges

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Turkey rounds up thousands after military coup attempt

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:24