Soldiers tried to sabotage coup attempt in Ankara base

Certain soldiers, pilots tried to hinder attempted coup at Akinci air base, say security sources

Soldiers tried to sabotage coup attempt in Ankara base

World Bulletin / News Desk

Several soldiers have tried to hinder the attempted coup on Friday by not supplying fuel and ammunition to warplanes targeting the capital city, security sources revealed Monday.

Security officials said that soldiers reportedly gave excuses to prevent the departure of warplanes at the Akinci 4th Central Jet Command Base in Ankara’s Kazan district.

One of the pilots who refused to take off, was reportedly beaten up as others tried to escape the air base, the sources said.

The failed coup is said to have been organized by followers of U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of pursuing a long-running campaign to overthrow the government by infiltrating the Turkish state, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is known in Turkey as the parallel state. 

Friday night, rogue military elements attempted to overthrow Turkey’s democratically elected government by force. Over 200 people were martyred in the ensuing violence. 

Ninety-nine alleged plotters were remanded in custody in Ankara, including Brig. Hakan Evrim, the commander of the Akinci air base, northwest of Ankara that is said to have served as the coup headquarters.

They were charged with establishing an armed terrorist organization, attempting to abolish the constitutional order and “intentional killing”.

More than 6,000 suspects have been arrested in connection with Friday’s coup attempt, including military figures, judges and police officers. They are accused of links to U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, who is said to have pursued a long-running campaign against the government through supporters within the Turkish state.

Gulen is the main suspect in two investigations launched into the attempted coup by Istanbul prosecutors, judicial sources told Anadolu Agency on Sunday on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Temmuz 2016, 17:26