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Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul’s Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Riyadh- Turkey’s military attaché in Kuwait was recently arrested at the King Fahd International Airport in Saudi Arabia on his way to Europe.

The attaché, identified as Mikail Gullu, was arrested at an airport in the Saudi city of Dammam as he attempted to board a flight to Germany, reports said.

Turkish sources confirmed that Gullu had been successfully turned in to authorities in Turkey, however, no further details were given on his arrival to Ankara, Turkey’s capital.

The same sources said that Gullu was promised a high-post as a reward should the plotted coup in Turkey prove successful. They added that he was going to be assigned head to the military industrial sector as an incentive for the part he played in the coup.

“He was stopped based on a Turkish request and was detained during his attempt to flee over his likely links to the coup in Turkey,” sources added.

Ankara put the military diplomat on the wanted list for involvement in the organization of a military coup. As a result, he was taken into custody in in the eastern Saudi city of Dammam.

In its turn, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and congratulated him for the restoration of normal life in Turkey.

On the night of July 16, a group of insurgents made a military coup attempt in Turkey. The main confrontation between the authorities and the insurgents took place in Ankara and Istanbul. The Turkish leadership announced that the coup had been put down. According to recent official data 290 people died, and 1,440 got injured.