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Turkish chief of staff: 104 coup plotters killed in failed rebellion

He also said many commanders were taken to "unknown locations"

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Some 104 coup plotters were killed after a coup attempt to bring down the Turkish government, the acting army chief said on Saturday.

"The coup attempt has been foiled," General Umit Dundar said in televised appearance, adding that 90 people -- 41 of them police and 47 are civilians -- "fell martrys."

He also said many commanders were taken to "unknown locations."

He said the coup attempt was largely carried by troops from the air force, gendarmerie and some 'armored elements.'

Dundar also said that Turkey's armed forces are determined to remove members of the "parallel structure" from their ranks,
Saturday.

The "parallel structure" is a shorthand commonly used by President Tayyip Erdogan and others in the government to refer to followers of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile used Twitter to call on people to remain in the streets, warning against a new flare-up.

"We should keep on owning the streets tonight no matter at what stage (the coup attempt is) because a new flare-up could take place at any moment," Erdogan said in a Twitter message.