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Turkey attempted coup: Istanbul deputy mayor 'shot in the head'

Published 18/07/2016

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prays at the funeral of his campaign manager Erol Olcak, who was killed along with his 16-year old son at the Bosphorus Bridge (AP)
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prays at the funeral of his campaign manager Erol Olcak, who was killed along with his 16-year old son at the Bosphorus Bridge (AP)

The deputy mayor of Istanbul's Sisli district, Cemil Candaş, was shot in the head by an unknown assailant on Monday.

Turkish broadcaster NTV reported that the Jewish politician is in a critical condition.

It was not yet known if the incident is linked to Friday's attempted military coup in which more than 200 people were killed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan said he would rid the country's institutions of the "virus" of those who oppose him.

Turkish officials have fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and other workers and detained thousands of suspected plotters following the foiled coup.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said a total of 8,777 employees attached to the interior ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers, while other media reports said police and military police officers and coast guards were also removed from duty.

The government has blamed Friday's failed coup - which it says left 208 government supporters and 24 plotters dead - on backers of a US-based Muslim cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's chief opponent.

The situation creates a sticky diplomatic situation - Turkey is a Nato member and key Western ally in the fight against the Islamic State group, but the EU and US have expressed alarm about its response to the coup.

Even before the weekend chaos, Turkey had been wracked by political turmoil that critics blamed on Mr Erdogan's increasingly heavy-handed rule. He has shaken up the government, cracked down on dissent, restricted the media and renewed fighting with Kurdish rebels.

Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said a total of 7,543 people had been detained since Friday, including 6,030 military personnel.

A man stands in front of a tank in the entrance to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning in a night of violence, according to state-run media. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)
A man stands in front of a tank in the entrance to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning in a night of violence, according to state-run media. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)
A man lays in front of a tank in the entrance to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning in a night of violence, according to state-run media. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)
A tank moves into position as Turkish people attempt to stop them, in Ankara, Turkey, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country Friday as explosions, gunfire and a reported air battle between loyalist forces and coup supporters erupted in the capital. President Erdogan remained defiant and called on people to take to the streets to show support for his embattled government. (AP Photo)
A tank is parked in the entrance to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning in a night of violence, according to state-run media. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)
Police officers and ambulances are seen outside the military headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, late Friday, July 15, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning in a night of violence, according to state-run media. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkish soldiers secure Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkish soldiers are seen on the Asian side of Istanbul, Friday, July 15, 2016. A group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt," when asked if there was a coup. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt." (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A tank crashes a car as people take streets in Ankara, Turkey during a protest agaist military coup on July 16, 2016. 42 dead in Ankara coup attempt clashes: TV citing prosecutor. Turkish military forces on July 16 opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said. The soldiers opened fire on grounds around the first bridge across the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, said the photographer, who saw wounded people being taken to ambulances. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTANADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / People celebrate after they take over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. At least 60 people have been killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup, a senior Turkish official said. The majority of those killed were civilians and most of those detained are soldiers, said the official, without giving further details. / AFP PHOTO / Bulent KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
A tank drives on streets in Ankara, Turkey as people protest agaist military coup on July 16, 2016. 42 dead in Ankara coup attempt clashes: TV citing prosecutor. Turkish military forces on July 16 opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said. The soldiers opened fire on grounds around the first bridge across the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, said the photographer, who saw wounded people being taken to ambulances. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTANADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images
A car burns during firefight between Turkish army and Turkish police, in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning in a night of violence, according to state-run media. (AP Photo/Cavit Ozgul)
A Turkish police officer talks on a phone during clashes in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. At least 60 people have been killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup, a senior Turkish official said. The majority of those killed were civilians and most of those detained are soldiers, said the official, without giving further details. / AFP PHOTO / Bulent KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
Turkish anti riot police officers use water cannon on people as a police bus carry detained Turkish soldiers after they took over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. The number of dead from a coup attempt in Turkey has risen to 90, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on July 16, 2016, adding that 1,154 people were wounded. Nearly 200 unarmed soldiers at the Turkish military headquarters have meanwhile surrendered, an official said, adding that special troops were currently securing the complex. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 16: Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave flags as they capture anTurkish Army APC after soldiers involved in the coup surrendered on Bosphorus bridge on July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced an army coup attempt, that has left atleast 90 dead 1154 injured in overnight clashes in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Turkish solders stay with weapons at Taksim square as people protest agaist the military coup in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Turkish military forces on July 16 opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said. The soldiers opened fire on grounds around the first bridge across the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, said the photographer, who saw wounded people being taken to ambulances. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A Turkish police officer talks on a phone during clashes in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. At least 60 people have been killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup, a senior Turkish official said. The majority of those killed were civilians and most of those detained are soldiers, said the official, without giving further details. / AFP PHOTO / Bulent KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 16: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech to his supporters in Istanbul, July 16, 2016, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced an army coup attempt, that has left atleast 90 dead 1154 injured in overnight clashes in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Defne Karadeniz/Getty Images)
Turkish anti riot police officers detain Turkish soldiers who allegedly took part in a military coup as they are leaving in a bus the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan battled to regain control over Turkey on July 16, 2016 after a coup that claimed more than 250 lives, bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was faltering. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
People apprehend a Turkish soldier, center in blue, that participated in the attempted coup, on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government was working to crush a coup attempt after a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left dozens dead and scores wounded. Government officials said the coup appeared to have failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country. (AP Photo/Selcuk Samiloglu)
A piture taken in a bus leaving the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 shows a handcuffed Turkish soldier who allegedly took part in a military coup. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan battled to regain control over Turkey on July 16, 2016 after a coup that claimed more than 250 lives, bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was faltering. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
A Turkish special force police officer guards the site where Turkish President attends the funeral of a victim of the coup attempt in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on July 17 to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani protestors shout slogans during a rally held in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Karachi on July 17, 2016. Turkish authorities on July 17 pressed on with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people including generals detained in action that has sparked international concern. / AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUMRIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images
Turkish anti-riot police officers stand next to an armed vehicle at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on July 17 to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 17: International passengers wait for flight information after flights to Ataturk Airport were delayed or cancelled on July 17, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt which claimed the lives of more than 250 people. In raids across Turkey 6,000 people have been arrested in relation to the failed coup including high-ranking soldiers and judges, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said. (Photo by Kursat Bayhan/Getty Images)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan right, wipes his tears during the funeral of Mustafa Cambaz, Erol and Abdullah Olcak, killed Friday while protesting the attempted coup against Turkey's government, in Istanbul, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Rather than toppling Turkey's strongman president, a failed military coup appears to have bolstered Erdogan's immediate grip on power and boosted his popularity. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
TOPSHOT - A woman hugs a man as he cries near the flag-draped coffin of a relative as they mourn in Istanbul on July 17, 2016, during the funeral of seven victims of the July 15 coup attempt. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on July 17 to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer stands next to an armoured vehicle that was used by soldiers during the coup attempt at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on July 17 to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts after attending the funeral of a victim of the coup attempt in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed today to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan rally outside the White House in Washington, DC on July 17, 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty after the attempted coup. / AFP PHOTO / YURI GRIPASYURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer stands next to an armoured vehicle that was used by soldiers during the coup attempt at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on July 17 to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan rally outside the White House in Washington, DC on July 17, 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty after the attempted coup. / AFP PHOTO / YURI GRIPASYURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Erdogan supporters wait for Turkish President at Kizilay square in Ankara on July 17, 2016 during a demonstration in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt. Turkish authorities pressed on July 17 with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the "virus" of the putschists. Erdogan also said Turkey could consider reinstating the death penalty following the putsch bid, despite concerns in the international community. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTANADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 17: Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave flags as they gather in Istanbul's main Taksim Square on July 17, 2016, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt which claimed the lives of more than 290 people. In raids across Turkey 6,000 people have been arrested in relation to the failed coup including high-ranking soldiers and judges, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said. President Erdogan calls on supporters to stay in streets, public squares all week. (Photo by Kursat Bayhan/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 17: People wave Turkish flags at a rally on the streets of Kizilay Square in reaction to the failed military coup on July 17, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt which claimed the lives of more than 250 people. In raids across Turkey 6,000 people have been arrested in relation to the failed coup including high-ranking soldiers and judges, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 17: People wave Turkish flags in front of an electronic billboard displaying the face of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a rally on the streets of Kizilay Square in reaction to the failed military coup on July 17, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt which claimed the lives of more than 250 people. In raids across Turkey 6,000 people have been arrested in relation to the failed coup including high-ranking soldiers and judges, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Demonstrators wave Turkish and Ottoman flags at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016 during a rally in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt. Turkish authorities pressed on Sunday with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the "virus" of the putschists. Erdogan said Turkey could consider reinstating the death penalty following the putsch bid, despite concerns in the international community. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators rally at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016 in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt. Turkish authorities pressed on Sunday with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the "virus" of the putschists. Erdogan said Turkey could consider reinstating the death penalty following the putsch bid, despite concerns in the international community. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
A colleague cries as friends carry the coffin of a police officer killed in a failed military coup last Friday, during his funeral at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, July 17, 2016. The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister saying Sunday that 6,000 people had been detained in the investigation, including three of the country's top generals and hundreds of soldiers. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
TOPSHOT - Demonstrators wave Turkish flags at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016 during a rally in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt. Turkish authorities pressed on Sunday with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the "virus" of the putschists. Erdogan said Turkey could consider reinstating the death penalty following the putsch bid, despite concerns in the international community. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - An armed Turkish police officer stands guard during a funeral ceremony for victims of the failed July 15 coup attempt at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on July 17 to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGINILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags at Kizilay square in Ankara on July 18, 2016 during a demonstration in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt. Turkish authorities pressed on July 17 with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the "virus" of the putschists. Erdogan also said Turkey could consider reinstating the death penalty following the putsch bid, despite concerns in the international community. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGINILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Women react during the funeral of a victim of the failed July 15 coup attempt in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday to purge the "virus" within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen. / AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURKGURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A boy is wrapped in a flag of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Taksim square on July 17, 2016, following a failed coup attempt. Turkish authorities pressed on July 17 with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the "virus" of the putschists. Erdogan also said Turkey could consider reinstating the death penalty following the putsch bid, despite concerns in the international community. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCUDANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images
Turkish ambassador to Kuwait Murad Tameer speaks during a press conference at the Turkish embassy in Kuwait City, on July 18, 2016. Saudi authorities have detained the Turkish military attache to Kuwait for his suspected involvement in a foiled coup against the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported July 18. The attache, identified as Mikail Gullu, was arrested at an airport in the eastern Saudi city of Dammam as he attempted to board a flight to Germany, the reports said. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYATYASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images
A Turkish police points his gun at a vehicle driver in front of courthouse on July 18, 2016, in Ankara. Turkey has detained more than 7,500 suspects involved in the coup plot seeking to oust the government, the prime minister said on Monday. Giving a new toll, he said 208 people were killed by the coup bid, including 145 civilians, 60 police and three soldiers. 1,491 were wounded, he added, In addition, the authorities have said more than 100 coup plotters were killed. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGINILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A Turkish police points his gun to a woman, asking her to leave the package she is carrying, in front of the court house in Ankara, on July 18, 2016, as some 7500 people have been detained in Turkey and almost 9000 officials sacked three days after a failed coup which has stunned the country. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGINILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Family members and relatives carry the body of Murat Inci, 43 who was killed in Friday's failed coup attempt during a funeral service at Kocatepe Mosque on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Turkish special forces personel guard the entrance to the Ankara Courthouse where a hearing for generals and military personel involved in Friday's failed coup attempt was taking place on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Family members and relatives carry the body of Murat Inci, 43 who was killed in Friday's failed coup attempt during a funeral service at Kocatepe Mosque on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Turkish special forces personel guard the entrance to the Ankara Courthouse where a hearing for generals and military personel involved in Friday's failed coup attempt was taking place on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: The mother of Murat Inci, 43 grives over the coffin of her son who was killed in Friday's failed coup attempt during a funeral service at Kocatepe Mosque on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Family members and relatives assit the mother of Murat Inci, 43 who was killed in Friday's failed coup attempt during a funeral service at Kocatepe Mosque on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Family members and relatives assit the brother of Murat Inci, 43 who was killed in Friday's failed coup attempt during a funeral service at Kocatepe Mosque on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Family members and relatives carry the body of Murat Inci, 43 who was killed in Friday's failed coup attempt during a funeral service at Kocatepe Mosque on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A Turkish man holds a Turkish flag as he stands inside a metro carriage at Kizilay metro station, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 18, 2016. Warplanes patrolled Turkey's skies overnight in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government was not yet over, despite official assurances that life has returned to normal after a failed coup. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 18: Turkish special forces personel guard the entrance to the Ankara Courthouse where a hearing for generals and military personel involved in Friday's failed coup attempt was taking place on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday's failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A Turkish policeman, left, holds his weapon as he walks in front of damaged cars at the scene where the Ankara governor's office says a military officer was detained after he shot and killed the driver of a vehicle that he hijacked, at Ulus district in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 18, 2016. In a brief statement Monday, the governor's office said the officer whom it described as being mentally disturbed was caught by the security forces following a brief shoot out. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Turkish boy, right, dives in a fountain to cool himself from the heat at park in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 18, 2016. Warplanes patrolled Turkey's skies overnight in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government was not yet over, despite official assurances that life has returned to normal after a failed coup. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Turkish policemen stand guard at the scene where the Ankara governor's office says a military officer was detained after he shot and killed the driver of a vehicle that then officer hijacked, at Ulus district in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 18, 2016. In a brief statement Monday, the governor's office said the officer whom it described as being mentally disturbed was caught by the security forces following a brief shoot out. Warplanes patrolled Turkey's skies overnight in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government was not yet over, despite official assurances that life has returned to normal after a failed coup. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
TOPSHOT - People carry the coffin of Sehidmiz Murat Inci, victim of the coup attempt during his funeral ceremony, at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara on July 18, 2016. Support from the highest echelons in the army helped keep President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in power after the failed coup but July 15's events risk further undermining the military's status as a key player in Turkish politics. Turkey has detained 103 generals and admirals as well as more than 2,800 soldiers accused of supporting July 15's attempted power grab, but most of the military's senior figures stayed loyal to Erdogan. / AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFFDIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday, according to Anadolu, prosecutors entered Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, which is key to the US-led campaign against IS.

A Turkish brigadier general at the base has already been detained for his alleged role in the uprising, and news reports say refuelling aircraft that took off from the base helped keep F-16s used by the coup-plotters up in the air.

Though government officials offered reassurances that life has returned to normal, warplanes patrolled Turkey's skies overnight into Monday in a sign that authorities fear the threat is not yet over.

Anadolu said Mr Erdogan ordered the overnight patrol by F-16s "for the control of the airspace and security" after a faction within the military launched the attempted coup.

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The rebellion, which saw warplanes firing on key government installations and tanks rolling into major cities, was quashed by loyal government forces and masses of civilians who took to the streets. The country's top military brass did not support the coup.

Mr Yildirim's voice cracked and he wept as he spoke with reporters after a cabinet meeting and repeated a question his grandson had put to him: "Why are they killing people?"

He said he had no answer, but that Turkey would make the coup plotters answer "in such a way that the whole world will see".

On Monday, Turkish prosecutors began questioning 27 generals and admirals. Anadolu reported the group includes former air force commander General Akin Ozturk, who has been described as the ringleader of the foiled uprising.

Ozturk, who was still on active duty and has now been detained, has denied he was involved and insists he worked to quell the uprising in statements to Turkish media.

On Sunday, thousands of flag-waving people rallied in Istanbul's Taksim Square, Ankara's Kizilay Square and elsewhere. Mr Erdogan remained in Istanbul despite statements that he would return to the capital and address crowds in Kizilay Square.

The government moved swiftly in the wake of the coup to shore up its power and remove those perceived as enemies.

On Monday, security forces continued raiding military facilities in search of suspected plotters. In addition to Incirlik, they searched the Air Force Academy premises and residences in Istanbul, Anadolu reported. It was not clear if any arrests were made.

The crackdown targeted not only generals and soldiers, but a wide swath of the judiciary that has sometimes blocked Mr Erdogan, raising concerns that the effort to oust him will push Turkey even further into authoritarian rule.

The failed coup and the subsequent crackdown followed moves by Mr Erdogan to reshape both the military and the judiciary. He had indicated a shake-up of the military was imminent and had also taken steps to increase his influence over the judiciary.

It is not clear how the post-coup purge will affect the judiciary, how the government will move to replace the dismissed judges and prosecutors, or where the trials for those detained would be held.

Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus defended the crackdown on judiciary officials in an interview with CNN-Turk, saying many of them would have played a role had the coup attempt succeeded.

The government alleges the coup conspirators were loyal to moderate US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Mr Erdogan has often accused of trying to overthrow the government.

Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, espouses a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with democracy.

He is a former Erdogan ally turned bitter foe who has been put on trial in absentia in Turkey, where the government has labelled his movement a terrorist organisation. He strongly denies the government's charges.

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