1,563 Turkish military officers held: Official

AFP , Saturday 16 Jul 2016

A policeman protects soldiers from the mob after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016 (Reuters)

A total of 1,563 military officers were arrested across Turkey after a coup attempt blamed by the authorities on supporters of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a government official said Saturday.

Turkey's parliament, which was targeted by coup plotters and received extensive damage, was meanwhile holding an extraordinary session, broadcast live on television.

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