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Report: Turkish government says coup attempt foiled

Forcesloyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are close to quashingthe attempted coup inthe country, The Wall Street Journalreported July 16.

Turkish military personnel attempting a takeover of thecountry had claimed that they had seized control and imposed martial law. Themilitary units driving the coup attempt put out a statement saying they wereseizing control to "re-establish constitutional order."

The government, however, said the situation was mostly undercontrol and that more than 1,300 military personnel had been detained. At least 90 people have beenkilled in the power struggle, the report said.

Government officials, including Erdogan, have linked theattempted coup to followers of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric and former ally livingin exile in the U.S. But in a statement issued to CNN, Gulen denied any linksto the coup attempt.

Followers of Gulen are also closely linked to , aTurkish Islamic lender that in recent years came under growing governmentpressure and was eventually seized in 2015. The country's Savings Deposit InsuranceFund has set and extended several deadlines to sell Bank Asya, saying it would liquidatethe lender if a buyer could not be found.

The most recent bidding deadline had reportedly beenset for July 14, witha tender due to be held July 15. The deposit insurance fund said no bids werereceived in the tender, Reuters wrote July 15, with two of three prospectivebidders failing to meet pre-selection criteria and the third clearing thathurdle but then failing to submit a bid.