Turkish Military Says It Has Taken Over CountryPosted: July 15, 2016
President Erdogan calls on people to take to the streets as soldiers storm the state TV studios to declare they’ve seized power.
The Turkish military claims to have “fully seized control” of the country amid reports that at least one explosion has hit parliament in Ankara.
Soldiers stormed Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT, forcing a presenter to read a statement live on air announcing that a military coup is under way.
The statement said the country, a NATO member, is now being run by a “peace council”. It declared that martial law and a nationwide curfew are in place.
Numerous reports of aerial attacks, gunfire and explosions are emerging from Istanbul and the Turkish capital Ankara.
An unconfirmed report from the state-run Anadolu news agency suggests that parliament in Ankara has been hit by at least one bomb.
Lawmakers are currently hiding in shelters inside the building, one member of parliament told news agency Reuters.
Meanwhile, 17 police officers have been killed in a separate helicopter attack on the police headquarters in the capital, according to Anadolu.
Media reports suggest a Turkish F-16 fighter jet has also shot down a military helicopter over the city, although this could not be independently verified.
Turkey’s leaders have confirmed that a coup “attempt” has taken place, but denied that the military is in control.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the NTV broadcaster a no-fly zone has been declared over Ankara, insisting the “situation is largely under control”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, called television stations from an unknown location to urge people to take to the streets in support of the government.
In an extraordinary interview, in which Mr Erdogan could be seen on a mobile phone held up by the presenter, the president said the uprising “attempt” was being run by a faction within the armed forces.
A Turkish official says a plane carrying Mr Erdogan has just landed back in Istanbul…(read more)