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100 soldiers detained in İzmir over failed coup attempt released

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A hundred out of 206 soldiers, who were detained in İzmir over the failed military coup attempt on July 15, were released after being questioned.

The questioning of the remaining 106 soldiers, who were detained after İzmir counterterrorism unit conducted a research at the Foça Naval Base, is reportedly ongoing.

A group of rebel soldiers, acting out of chain of command, attempted a military coup at around 10 p.m. last Friday, with tanks rolling onto the streets of Ankara and İstanbul and soldiers blocking the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The military’s claim of a takeover was announced by the state broadcaster TRT after rebel soldiers raided its building. The anchorwoman said the military imposed martial law and declared a curfew until further notice.

Hundreds of people, including civilians, were killed in clashes between police and rebel soldiers overnight. The Parliament, the presidential palace and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) headquarters were struck by military helicopters.

The Turkish government managed to suppress the coup attempt and launched a large-scale crackdown across the country on media, public servants, judges, prosecutors and teachers, along with rebels within the army. Massive purges as well as many detentions and arrests continues to follow the failed coup attempt and the state of emergency, which was declared on July 20.

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