An army group in Turkey says it has taken over the country, with soldiers at strategic points in Istanbul and jets flying low in the capital, Ankara. A statement read on TV said a “peace council” now ran the country and there was a curfew and martial law. It is unclear who the group is or its level of support. Some top army officials are said to be detained. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would overcome what he called an uprising by a minority.
Here’s what we know:
- The Turkish military says it is taking over Turkey in order to restore democracy. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was on vacation, said those who attempted the coup would face the “highest price.”
- The military appears to be in control of state broadcasters and some airport facilities.
- There are reports Turkey’s top general, General Hulusi Akar, is among those taken hostage at the military HQ.
- Traffic has been stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul.
- Twitter rejected reports that the social media site had been blocked in Turkey amid the attempted coup.