Seven pro-coup soldiers seek asylum in Greece

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Seven pro-coup soldiers seek asylum in Greece

A Turkish military helicopter with seven alleged coup supporters and one civilian on board has landed in Greek city of Alexandroupolis (Dedeagac), the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported.

Greece is considering the asylum request, and the helicopter - which landed at an airport in Alexandroupoli, near the Turkish border - will be returned to Turkish authorities, Gerovasili said.

Turkey has asked Greece to return eight soldiers who fled there in a helicopter, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.

"We have requested Greece to extradite the eight traitors as soon possible", Cavusoglu was quoted as telling HaberTurk television.

According to an official in the Greek National Defense General Staff, "the helicopter is scheduled to be sent back immediately to Turkey".

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday 161 people were killed in the coup attempt against the government with 2 839 soldiers now detained on suspicion of involvement.

An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble on Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets to support him.

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