BREAKING: Turkish military launch attempted coup to depose government as gunfire and low flying jets heard over Ankara and Istanbul

 

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  • Turkish troops have launched a military coup according to the government with helicopters firing on capital Ankara
  • Turkish PM Binali Yildirim told reporters: ‘We will not allow this attempt’ although the military said they are in control
  • Explosions and gunfire have been reported in several locations with fast attack jets patrolling over the skies 

The Turkish military has started a coup to depose the nation’s government according to prime minister Binali Yildirim. 

Fast attack jets and helicopters were heard above Ankara and Istanbul after the military confirmed they had seized control of the country,.  

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge were both closed after the military deployed roadblocks. 

Tracer fire from Turkish military helicopters was spotted over Ankara.  

CNN Turkey showed two military vehicles and a group of soldiers lined up at the entrance of one of the bridges in Turkey’s biggest city.

A Turkish official who did not want to be named said soldiers had been deployed in other cities in Turkey, but did not specify which ones.

Dogan News Agency reported the national police directorate summoned all police to duty in Ankara.

Turkish fighter jets have been reported over Ankara. 

Gunfire has been reported. 

Yildirim on Friday denounced what he said was an ‘illegal attempt’ by elements in the military after bridges were partially shut down in Istanbul and jets flew low over Ankara.

‘We are working on the possibility of an attempt. We will not allow this attempt,’ he told NTV television by telephone, without expanding on the nature of the move but saying it was by a group in the Turkish military.

‘Those who are in this illegal act will pay the highest price,’ he added, saying it would not be correct to describe the move as a ‘coup’.  

Yildirim did not provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any ‘initiative that would interrupt democracy’.

Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.

Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of Turkey’s military headquarters.

Fast attack jets and helicopters have been reported over Ankara. 

Gunshots have reportedly been heard near the presidential palace in Ankara. 

The mayor of Ankara has also reportedly called people onto the streets. 

Yildirim didn’t provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any ‘initiative that would interrupt democracy.’

‘We are focusing on the possibility of an attempt (coup),’ Yildirim said. ‘There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.’

Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.

The Dogan news agency says one-way traffic on the Bosporus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges were blocked. Video footage showed the bridge being blocked by military vehicles.

All flights into Ankara and Istanbul have been cancelled.

The Saudi foreign minister in Washington said he is not willing to speculate as to what is currently happening.  

 

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