Turkish Lt Col commits suicide for ‘not preventing’ events during coup attempt
DHA photoA lieutenant colonel committed suicide early on July 22 in the southeastern province of Siirt, reportedly blaming himself for not preventing the attempted coup operations that took place in the province on the evening of July 15.
Third Commando Brigade Commandership Vice Chief of Staff, Lt. Col. Levent Önder, killed himself with a handgun early in the morning.
The Siirt Governor’s Office has issued a statement, saying Önder had “a nervous breakdown after the July 15 coup attempt and subsequent events … as he could not prevent the plans of the coup terrorists.”
The statement added that Önder had willingly given a witness testimony to prosecutors.
District Governor Necmi Akman, who had been suspended from duty as a part of the investigation into the July 15 coup attempt, also committed suicide late on July 19 in his home residence in the Aegean province of Manisa, shooting himself in the head with the gun of his bodyguard police officer.