A series of Whatsapp conversation between the military officials staging the failed attempted coup have allegedly revealed the plan of overthrowing the democratically-elected government.
The phone belonging to a detained commissioned officer disclosed a discussion between senior military officials during the implementation of martial law. The conversation also named the individuals claimed to be at the heart of the coup plot.
The messages included the names of people the coup soldiers wanted to arrest as well as orders to raid headquarters of state broadcaster TRT and CNN Turk.
The military officials who are accused of having ties with the Gülenist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) also ordered to open fire on anyone if they attempt to halt the coup.
Another message ordered fire against the hotel President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was staying in on Friday evening.
Around 25 soldiers in helicopters descended on a hotel in Marmaris on ropes, shooting, just after Erdoğan had left in an apparent attempt to seize him, broadcaster CNN Turk said.
On Friday night, renegade elements within Turkey's military attempted to stage a coup against the government. Although the coup was soon put down by the country's legitimate authorities and security apparatus, some 161 people were killed in the violence, according to Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.
Some 2,839 military personnel involved in the coup attempt have been arrested and 20 soldiers involved, including some senior officers, were killed in the attempt to overthrow the government.
The government has said the coup bid was organized by followers of U.S.-based, fugitive imam Gülen, who is accused of a longstanding campaign to overthrow the government through supporters within the Turkish state, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
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