Exclusive Military Attempts Coup in Turkey

Turkey’s military has announced on television that it is taking over the country amid reports of an attempted coup. According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim the situation in Turkey is under control. In a telephone call to television channel NTV he said that parts of the military had attempted a coup but that no such move to seize power would be permitted to succeed. He called for the public to remain calm and said the security forces were doing everything possible to calm the situation. According to different reports, shots were heard in Ankara and military helicopters and fighter jets were heard overhead. Media reported there was an explosion in the district of Gölbasi. Hostages were also reportedly taken in Ankara. Istanbul’s airport was closed. Paramilitary police blocked both bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul according to the Internet page of Hürriyet. CNN Türk reported President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was safe. According to a Reuters report citing sources in his office, he is on holiday outside the country. An emailed statement by the Turkish military earlier in the evening stated: “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged. All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue,” according to a report. Reporting by Gerd Höhler