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A leader of the failed Turkish coup arrested

Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Istanbul, Turkey Jul 16, 2016, 04.25 AM (IST)

One of the arrested leaders of the coup gave the order for the rebellious troops to surrender at the request of the security forces, who currently have the leader in their hands.

Around 50 soldiers involved in the attempted military coup surrendered on one of the bridges across the Bosphorus in Istanbul abandoning their tanks with their hands raised in the air, live footage on CNN Turk showed.

A witness earlier saw tens of other pro-coup soldiers surrendering to armed police after being surrounded in Istanbul's central Taksim square.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said more than 130 people have been arrested after he flew back to Istanbul.

A deputy chief procurator in Ankara said the prosecuting authority has issued warrants of arrest to those who are involved in the coup. Some officials of the Turkish supreme court of appeals are among those in the list.


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