3 more soldiers linked to Erdogan hotel attack detained

Soldiers who allegedly took part in attack targeting Turkish president's hotel the night of the failed coup are detained

3 more soldiers linked to Erdogan hotel attack detained

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three soldiers allegedly involved in the attack on the hotel Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was staying at during the July 15 failed coup were detained in southwestern Turkey on Monday, security sources said.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, told Anadolu Agency that Maj. Taner Berber and Sgts. Ilyas Yasar and Gokhan Guclu were accused of being among the soldiers who attacked Erdogan's hotel in Marmaris, on the Mediterranean coast.

An operation is still underway to capture other soldiers who attacked the hotel the night of the coup, narrowly missing the president, who had left for Istanbul after learning of the coup attempt.

So far, 19 soldiers have been remanded into custody for their alleged links to the Marmaris hotel attack.

Turkey's government has repeatedly said the deadly coup attempt on July 15, which martyred at least 246 people and injured more than 2,100 others, was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen.

Gulen is also accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2016, 17:14