A Black Hawk of the Turkish police that had been used by Turkish officials used in the attempted military coup landed at an airport at Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, according to reports by the Greek national broadcaster ERT.
Eight people were on the plane, of which seven wore uniforms and one was a civilian. The uniformed passengers had stripped identification from their uniforms so that their rank and units could not be identified.
The helicopter asked to land at the airport, citing mechanical failure. Two Greek F16 fighter jets had accompanied the plane from the island of Lemnos after it entered Greek air space.
Once at the airport, 4-5 Greek police cars surrounded the helicopter and arrested the passengers, who asked for political asylum. The matter caused a huge “headache” to the Greek government and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in communication with all ministries to discuss the handling of the issue.
Erdogan, criticized for being an authoritarian ruler, has vowed that instigators of the attempted coup “will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey.” Information has emerged that those who attempted the coup are being lynched and beheaded by Turkish civilians, however these reports remain unconfirmed. Turkish site, Sozcu, has published disturbing pictures showing military men being cornered by angry mobs.