Ankara, Turkey (BBN) – After a night of explosions, gunfire and tanks rolling along the streets, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkey on Saturday that an attempted military coup was over and the government was in charge.
However, the sounds of fighting were still being reported in Ankara and Istanbul after the chaotic attempt by members of the military to wrest control from Erdogan, reports CNN.
At least 60 people have died following the attempted military coup, a government official tells CNN.
Five generals and 29 colonels are relieved of their duty, according to Turkey’s Interior Ministry, and several high court judges are also being questioned.
At least one air force base in the country is still in control of the insurgents, according to the ministry.
800 people are hospitalized in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, and 200 people in Istanbul, according to a tweet from Kerem Kinik, the President of the Red Crescent in Turkey. The total number of wounded, according to Kinik, is 1,000 at this time.
Some 754 people have been arrested following the coup attempt, the Turkish state news agency Anadolu reports, citing the Interior Ministry.