Lankan nationals safe in Turkey coup: Foreign Ministry

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Colombo, July 16 (ANI): Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Ministry has said that its citizens in Turkey are safe and not harmed by the events unfolding in the Turkish capital of Ankara and Istanbul. Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne in a tweet said that according to the Lankan Embassy in Ankara there was no harm to the Sri Lankans living in Turkey. "Incidents in #Turkey: SL Embassy Ankara says no harm to #SriLankans. Embassy in touch. Incidents confined to Ankara & Istanbul," Colonne tweeted. A military group has attempted a coup against the Turkish government and at least 42 people, including police officers, have reportedly been killed by gunfire in Ankara. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said the "situation in the country is largely under control" after elements of the Turkish military backed, by tanks, staged an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, sparking bloody clashes in major cities. (ANI)