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Turkey PM says 161 dead in coup bid, almost 3,000 held

A Turkish anti-riot police officer stands guard on a tank on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, on July 16, 2016Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday 161 people were killed in the coup attempt against the government, with 2,839 soldiers now detained on suspicion of involvement. Yildirim, speaking outside his Cankaya palace in Ankara and flanked by top general Hulusi Akar who was held during the coup attempt, also described the putsch bid as a “black stain” on Turkish democracy. Turkey’s acting army chief Umit Dundar had earlier said 104 putschists had been killed.

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