At least 60 dead, 336 people arrested across Turkey: Official

People attend to a wounded person in Ankara, Turkey, during the coup attempt on July 16, 2016.
People attend to a wounded person in Ankara, Turkey, during the coup attempt on July 16, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

ANKARA (AFP) - At least 60 people have been killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup, a senior Turkish official said.

The majority of those killed were civilians and most of those detained are soldiers, said the official, without giving further details.

 

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Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric and former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemned "in the strongest terms" the attempted coup in Turkey.

"As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations," Gulen said in a brief statement just before midnight Friday.