104 putschists killed in Turkey coup attempt: Army

People try to take over a tank in Ankara, Turkey during a protest agaist military coup on July 16, 2016.
People try to take over a tank in Ankara, Turkey during a protest agaist military coup on July 16, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (AFP) - Some 104 coup plotters were killed after a coup attempt to bring down the Turkish government, the acting army chief said on Saturday (July 16).

"The coup attempt has been foiled," General Umit Dundar said in televised appearance, adding that 90 people including police and civilians "fell as martyrs". 

He also said many commanders were taken to "unknown locations". President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile used Twitter to call on people to remain in the streets, warning against a new flare-up.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on people to remain on the streets, warning against a fresh flare-up after an attempted coup to bring him down.

"We should keep on owning the streets tonight no matter at what stage (the coup attempt is) because a new flare-up could take place at any moment," Erdogan said in a Twitter message.