The Turkish military has announced it has taken control and overthrown the government of Recep Erdogan as troops round up police and attack the capital Ankara. Eyewitnesses have reported attack helicopters firing machine guns in the capital Ankara in a bid to depose the Islamic government.
The military said they have taken control in order to protect human rights, however, prime minister Binali Yildirim said only a ‘faction’ was involved. 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 with fast attack jets flying combat air patrols over the city.
President Erdogan is reported ‘as safe’. A spokesman for the Turkish government claimed the coup has been unsuccessful and they are still in power. Erdogan used FaceTime to talk to a journalist on a privately run TV station to stress he was still in control of the country and warned of retaliation.
He urged the Turkish population to take to the streets and protest against he coup. The military has imposed a curfew and has ordered people to remain indoors.