Erdogan supporters stand guard as crushed coup bid shakes Turkey

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Erdogan supporters stand guard as crushed coup bid shakes Turkey

Turkish authorities have reportedly detained a senior air force general and other officers accused of backing the failed coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a key air base used by USA forces for raids in Syria.

Addressing a crowd in Istanbul less than 24 hours after his call for the public to take the streets helped end a coup, Erdogan said Turkey had asked the USA many times to extradite Pennsylvania-based preacher Gulen, an expatriate Turk.

United States president Barack Obama reacted by calling on Turkish authorities to "act within the rule of law and to avoid actions that would lead to further violence or instability".

The United States would consider an extradition request for the Pennsylvania-based cleric blamed for the attempted military coup in Turkey, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Forces loyal to the Turkish government appeared to have to crushed the remnants of a military coup attempt that crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets. The US says it will look at any evidence Turkey has to offer against Mr Gulen, and judge accordingly. A faction of the armed forces tried to seize power using attack helicopters to strafe the headquarters of Turkish intelligence and the parliament in the capital, Ankara.

Gulen, for his part, issued a statement condemning the coup, one that, given Erdogan's vow to make perpetrators pay heavily, is unlikely to save those of his followers the government deems guilty from arrest.

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Erdogan claims Gulen has built a network of supporters in Turkey's police, media and judiciary and is conspiring to oust his government.

In a rare broadcast interview with the BBC in 2014, Gulen denied allegations that he had used his influence to start investigations into alleged corruption among senior members of Erdogan's political party, probes that had led to a number of police commissioners losing their jobs and some of Erdogan's allies being arrested.

"Those responsible for the tragic events of last night can and should only be handled according to the rule of law", she said after the coup bid, which left more than 250 people dead.

"The clean-up operations are continuing", Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

"We call for restraint by all parties", Trudeau's statement said.

At least 265 people were killed.

Speaking in Mongolia at the Asia-Europe summit meeting, Tusk says "Turkey is a key partner for the European Union". Thousands gathered in major cities singing and waving Turkish flags while others held prayers in support of Erdogan and chanted "God is great".

Separately, another two Turkish army generals linked to the military coup attempt were remanded in the southern province Isparta the same day.

Prayers are being read simultaneously from Turkey's 85,000 mosques at noon to rally the country to defend its democracy and honor those who died in an attempted military coup.

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