Turkey coup death toll crosses 290

A policeman stands guard after troops involved in the coup surrendered at the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey.? Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Ankara, Turkey Jul 17, 2016, 04.39 PM (IST)

The death toll from Turkey's failed military coup has risen to more than 290, the foreign ministry said in a statement today, adding that more than 1,400 people were wounded.

Of the dead, more than 100 were participants in the coup, the ministry said, adding that there was no doubt the coup had been staged by followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, has denied involvement in the attempt to overthrow the government, condemning it as an affront to democracy.