No Namibians dead or injured in Turkish military coup attempt
17 Jul 2016 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) There are no indications yet that any Namibian was killed or injured in an attempted military coup in Turkey on Friday evening.
This follows a night of gunfire and violence in and around Istanbul in a coup attempt by some members of the military. Over 260 people were killed and over 1 400 injured, including rebel military personnel. Calm was restored about five hours later and the government regained control.
The coup attempt comes after suicide bombers hit Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, killing about 40 and injuring more than 140, about three weeks ago.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Peya Mushelenga said the ministry has not yet received reports of any Namibians who have been injured or killed.
There are no accurate records of how many Namibians live in or were visiting Turkey at the time, however there are some Namibians pursuing studies there.
Mushelenga urged Namibians in Turkey or any other foreign country to leave if safety is an issue and urged them to refrain from getting involved in their host countries internal issues.
If the situation threatens their personal security, it is advisable for them to leave. That is if the security situation warrants that they leave.
The Namibian Government also encourage the Turkish people to respect the values and norms and the rule of law of their constitution and to return to their normal democratic setup.
The Namibian Constitution is very clear on the democratic values and principles but you would recall that even when we have had military take-overs in Africa, what we do is to encourage fellow countries to return to their normal democratic setups. And that is what we are going to encourage the Turkish people to do.