The escalation of tensions continues in Turkey, where a man in military uniform materialized in front of the Ankara court today and opened fire. The assailant was killed during a gun battle with the police. The shooting occurred near the court building where 27 generals and admirals, the arrested coup plotters, were witnessing. Ozturk, considered to be one of the masterminds behind the failed putsch, was among the 27 arrested men. The special forces and at least one tank intervened on the spot.
Meanwhile, the purges following the failed coup are still going on. After the military and the judges, 7,899 agents have been suspended from their duties last night across the country and forced to hand back their weapons and badges. The chief of police, Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz, notified local departments about this decision, which may be followed by arrests.
Meanwhile, several F-16 fighters of the Turkish army have carried out nighttime patrol flights over different urban centers of the country, including Istanbul, according to ANSA’s direct statements. According to the Anadolu state news agency, the jets have been authorized directly by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The decision shows that the Turkish authorities do not consider the threat posed by the authors of the failed military coup to have been entirely extinguished.