A Turkish military stands guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/MURAD SEZER
Middle East Eye: Three helicopters sent to 'kill or capture' Erdogan at hotel during coup, leaks say
Turkish daily, Al-Jazeera disclosures expose Erdogan assassination attempt, inner workings of coup
Information leaked to both Turkish daily Hurriyet and Al-Jazeera on Sunday confirmed an attempt to kill or capture Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and unveiled further details about the inner workings of the attempted coup.
Hurriyet reported that First Army Commander Umit Dundar contacted Erdogan on Saturday night, about an hour before the coup began, to inform him that putschists had started to move on his position, allowing time for the president to escape before soldiers stormed his place of residence.
The Turkish newspaper published the new leaks, obtained by a writer close to decision-making circles, which said Dundar called Erdogan while the president was on vacation at a resort in Marmaris, southwest Turkey.
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WNU Editor: This coup plot was far more extensive and involving far more people than what is being reported. It appears that President Erdogan was lucky to escape the military team that was sent to capture and/or kill him because one of those top coup plotters had a change of heart at the last minute.