Turkey Army Chief Rescued By Special Forces.
The head of Turkey’s armed forces has been rescued after being held hostage during an attempted coup by a military faction which used tanks and attack helicopters to try to seize power overnight, a senior Turkish official said.
Hulusi Akar had been held by rebel soldiers during the attempted coup, Turkish broadcasters said.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan addressed a large crowd in Istanbul Saturday morning, as security personnel rounded up suspects after a chaotic coup attempt that sent tanks and demonstrators into the streets while aircraft battled overhead.
“In Turkey the army is not governing the state and they cannot, and this should be known by all,” Erdogan said. “The government is in control.”
Erdogan’s return, reported by state-run media reports, indicates that the government appeared to have repelled the attempted coup, while fighting, intrigue and accusations continued in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency has raised the number of dead in the attempted coup to some 90 with 1,154 wounded. It also says the military’s chief of staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, was rescued in an operation at an air base outside the capital of Ankara.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called all legislators for an emergency meeting Saturday, according to state-run Andolu Agency.