Attleborough sisters caught up in Turkish military coup

Turkish soldiers secure Istanbul's Taksim square, as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip E

Turkish soldiers secure Istanbul's Taksim square, as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, protest in Istanbul's Taksim square. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) - Credit: AP

An Attleborough tourist caught up in the Turkey military coup that left hundreds dead and injured has described how she and her sister were evacuated from a nightclub as members of the army searched for the country's president.

Kirstie Kindred (left) and her sister Hayley (right) were caught up in the military coup.

Kirstie Kindred (left) and her sister Hayley (right) were caught up in the military coup. - Credit: Archant

Kirstie Kindred, 23, said she and her sister, Hayley, 18, were rushed out of the Marmaris nightclub and taken on a bus back to their hotel.

The pair are staying in the Marmaris Park Hotel, which is next to the complex that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was holidaying in.

She said: 'Everything has calmed down today but it all kicked off last night.

'On our bus on the way back from being evacuated there was people all walking in the street and shouting things. But they were then throwing things at the bus and that bit was genuinely scary.'


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When they eventually arrived back at their hotel they were locked in their room and told not to leave.

'We could hear the gun fire and then we saw the president flying out in a helicopter,' said Miss Kindred. 'It had to fly really low and with no lights on to avoid being shot at as two of his security was shot.'

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The president later warned coup supporters that 'they will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey', according to a transcript of his remarks provided by his office.

At least 161 people were killed in the country's overnight military coup attempt while more than 1,400 people were wounded in the chaos.

The sisters fly home from the resort on Monday but added that it is now safe and they have spent the day at the local water park.

•Were you caught up in the military coup? Email jessica.long@archant.co.uk.

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