Live updates: Erdogan vows revenge after Turkey coup attempt

Here are the latest developments following Friday's failed coup attempt in Turkey:

  • Turkey has arrested some 6,000 people and suspended nearly 8,000 police officers
  • The country's president has vowed revenge and hinted he could bring back the death penalty
  • John Kerry and Boris Johnson have urged Erdogan to show restraint
  • Turkey has called on the US to extradite Fethullah Gulen who it blames for the plot
  • The Foreign Office has told Britons that the situation is still "volatile"

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Turkey captures aide to cleric blamed for military coup bid

A key aide to the US-based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed military coup has been captured by Turkish forces, a presidency official has said.

Fethullah Gulen has been blamed for the coup attempt Credit: Reuters

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed Fethullah Gulen for the unsuccessful bid to overthrow the government, which Gulen has denied.

Halis Hanci, described as Gulen's "right-hand man", reportedly entered Turkey two days before the coup attempt began, the official said.

It comes just hours after his nephew Muhammed Sait Gulen was detained in Erzurum in northeastern Turkey.


Turkey detains nephew of US-based Muslim cleric

Turkish authorities have detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric accused of organising the failed military coup last week, according to state run media.

Fethullah Gellen, whose nephew has been detained in Turkey Credit: Reuters

Gulen, who denies any involvement in the coup, has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999 but has an extensive network of followers in Turkey and elsewhere.

His nephew Muhammed Sait Gulen was detained in Erzurum in northeastern Turkey, and will be taken to Ankara, the capital, for questioning.

Among possible charges that may be brought against him is membership of a terrorist organisation, state news agency Andalou reported.

Flights to resume between US and Turkey after failed coup

Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters

Flights are to resume between Turkey and the United States following last week's attempted coup in the country.

Following the failed overthrowing of the Turkish government, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibited all airlines from flying between the two countries on Saturday.

But on Monday the FAA said it had lifted restrictions on all flights to and from Turkey.


Former Turkish Air Force chief 'confesses' to coup role

Akin Ozturk has been interrogated following the attempted coup. Credit: RTV

Turkey's former Air Force chief Akin Ozturk has confessed to plotting the attempted coup which took place on Friday, according to state-run news agency Anadolu Agency.

The agency reported that Ozturk, who was being interrogated, confessed to having a role in the attempt to topple the Government.

However, private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk said he had not confessed and had told prosecutors he had tried to prevent the coup.

More than 200 people were killed after a faction of the military launched the coup attempt, sealing off a bridge across the Bosphorus, trying to capture Istanbul's main airport and sending tanks to parliament in Ankara.

Merkel warns Turkey over death penalty plans

The German chancellor warned Mr Erdogan against reintroducing the death penalty Credit: PA

Angela Merkel has warned Turkey's president that the reintroduction of the death would be incompatible with Turkey's goal of EU membership.

The German chancellor told Recep Tayyip Erdogan reintroducing the death penalty was "in no way compatible" with his country's plans to join the EU, a spokeswoman for the chancellor said.

The comments come as Mr Erdogan contemplates capital punishment for those behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey.

Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2004, allowing it to open EU accession talks the following year, but the negotiations have made little progress since then.

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