Turkey claims capture of soldiers accused of trying to snatch Erdogan
Ankara says it has captured all but one of the fugitive soldiers accused of trying to seize the president during last month’s failed coup. The 11 soldiers were located Sunday and Monday in a forest near the southwestern resort of Marmari, where President Reccep Erdogan was on holiday at the time. Among them was Major Sukru Seymen, their alleged commander, according to Anadolu news agency. More than 20 other members of this squad had already been remanded in custody.
The Turkish foreign ministry summoned Germany's charge d'affaires to clarify why President Erdogan was prevented from addressing a rally of at least 30,000 in Cologne via a video-link on Sunday. Berlin explained that this message could stoke political tensions among the three million ethnic Turks living in Germany.