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Kenan Evren dies at 97; Turkish general led 1980 coup
Kenan Evren dies at 97; Turkish general led 1980 coup

Kenan Evren, the Turkish general who led a 1980 coup that ended years of violence but whose rule unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings, died Saturday. He was 97. The ailing former general, who ruled as president for seven years, died at GATA military hospital in Ankara, the nation's capital. He died hours after he was placed on a respirator and his family was called to his side, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. Evren was hailed as a hero at the time of the coup for ending fighting between rightists and leftists that left about 5,000 people dead and put the country on the brink of a civil war. But he later became one of the country's most...

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