Turkish military chief rescued after being held during coup bid: Official

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (right) is seen with Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar during the Balkan Countries Chiefs of Defence Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 11.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (right) is seen with Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar during the Balkan Countries Chiefs of Defence Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 11.PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - 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 on Saturday (July 16).

Hulusi Akar had been held by rebel soldiers during the attempted coup, Turkish broadcasters said.

 

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