Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered to perform patrol flights over the country, local media reported on Monday.
The patrol flights aimed to ensure national security and control over the situation in Turkey will be carried out by F-16 combat planes, Anadolu said.
Earlier on Sunday, at least 42 helicopters were reported missing from Turkey’s military inventory in the wake of the failed coup attempt on Friday evening causing concern that there may be another act to the attempted overthrow of Erdogan.
UPDATE: Turkish media report 3 helicopters were spotted over Istanbul at 22:30 local time (2.5 hours ago)https://t.co/8LeF1Plquy
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Emergency measures have been taken in Turkey’s Istanbul, as 1,800 additional police troops were deployed in the city and ordered to shoot down helicopters without prior warning, local media reported on Monday, citing a police source.
What's going on in Turkey? Missing helicopters, troops to Istanbul, state of emergency, Erdogan flees to Ankara…is this a re-coup?
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