July 29, 2016 / 12:06 PM / a year ago

Turkey to shut down air base, barracks used in coup attempt - PM

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C), flanked by Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar (front L), Defense Minister Fikri Isik (rear R) and the country's top generals, leaves Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, after a wreath-laying ceremony ahead of a High Military Council meeting in Ankara, Turkey, July 28, 2016.Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will shut down an air base near the capital Ankara as well as all military barracks which were used by rogue soldiers during an attempted military coup two weeks ago, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

"We will shut all barracks that dispatched tanks and launched helicopters," Yildirim said in a speech broadcast live from near the Akinci air base north of Ankara, which served as a hub for the coup plotters on the night of July 15.

Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Gareth Jones

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