These images show the moments a Turkish policeman came to the aid of a pro-coup soldier. Just before these pictures were taken, the soldier was stamped on, punched and pelted with rocks by an angry crowd.

Then, amid the violence, the policeman above saw what was going on, boarded an armoured vehicle and hugged the soldier (pictured without a weapon or helmet) and urged the angry crowd to calm down. The anonymous policeman, wearing a gas mask and carrying a rifle, then helped the man up. More photos below…

Death toll caused by the attempted coup has risen to 250 according to a Turkish local newspaper and a Turkish official.

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