Turkey Coup Failed: More Than 1000 Injured And 60 Died

An attempted coup is underway in Turkey with military chiefs claiming they have taken control of the country.

Gunfire has been reported in the Turkish capital Ankara as military jets were seen flying overhead and tanks roam the streets.

A curfew has been imposed with martial law in place, the internet has been restricted and people ar being told to stay indoors.

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge have been closed.

But President Tayyip Erdogan has called on his supporters to take to the streets to oppose the soldiers who are trying to seize control of the country.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said those responsible for what he described as an attempted coup by a faction within the military would pay the highest price.

He says they would not be allowed to do anything to interrupt democracy.

We’ll bring you all the latest developments on this extraordinary developing story as they happen.

The head of Turkey’s armed forces has been rescued after being held hostage during an attempted coup by a military faction which used tanks and attack helicopters to try to seize power overnight, a senior Turkish official said.

Hulusi Akar had been held by rebel soldiers during the attempted coup, Turkish broadcasters said.

Supporters of President Erdogan attacked a group of pro-coup soldiers who had surrendered on an Istanbul bridge before police intervened to rescue them.

Erdogan had repeatedly urged his supporters to take to the streets to help put down the coup attempt, which he said had been carried out by a faction of the armed forces loyal to his arch foe, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Turkish authorities have detained 336 people in connection with the attempted coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday.

The arrests occurred across the country, he told broadcaster CNN Turk.

Military jets have been seen flying low over the city as major bridges in Istanbul have been closed

An attempted coup is underway in Turkey with military chiefs claiming they have taken control of the country.

Gunfire has been reported in the Turkish capital Ankara as military jets were seen flying overhead and tanks roam the streets.

A curfew has been imposed with martial law in place, the internet has been restricted and people ar being told to stay indoors.

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge have been closed.

But President Tayyip Erdogan has called on his supporters to take to the streets to oppose the soldiers who are trying to seize control of the country.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said those responsible for what he described as an attempted coup by a faction within the military would pay the highest price.

He says they would not be allowed to do anything to interrupt democracy.

We’ll bring you all the latest developments on this extraordinary developing story as they happen.

Turkey Coup Failed More Than 1000 Injured And 60 Died

“It was a bloodbath”

Piero Castellano is a photojournalist based in Ankara.

He told the BBC that after President Erdogan appeared on TV, Turks surged onto the streets.

“People rushed to the main square, to rush to the tanks and the armoured carriers – it was a bloodbath,” he said.

“It was unexpected.

“There is a very strong link, or maybe there was until last night, there was a very strong link between the Turkish people and their military.

“So people were shocked when the military actually fired on the crowd.”

Three injured as Turkish spy agency targeted during coup

Turkey’s intelligence agency headquarters were attacked by military helicopters and heavy machine gun fire, wounding at least three people.

The head of the agency, Hakan Fidan, was at a secure location throughout the events and was in constant contact with President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the source said.

The intelligence agency was still working with the armed forces, the police and the government against the coup plotters in ongoing operations in Istanbul and Ankara in particular, the source said.

Witness: Gunfire and explosions in Ankara

Johnny Hogg, a former journalist who now works for the World Food Programme and lives in Ankara, tweeted overnight that there were large explosions in the city causing his windows and apartment to shake.

As morning broke in the Turkish capital he said: “Light and heavy weapons fire still sporadically audible.

“First traffic in our street – couple of cars. Ankara much quieter now, although sporadic gunfire and jet in distance.

Turkish military chief rescued after being held hostage

President Erdogan and Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar pictured in May

The head of Turkey’s armed forces has been rescued after being held hostage during an attempted coup by a military faction which used tanks and attack helicopters to try to seize power overnight, a senior Turkish official said.

Hulusi Akar had been held by rebel soldiers during the attempted coup, Turkish broadcasters said.

754 members of armed forces arrested after coup attempt

Turkish authorities have detained 754 members of the armed forces after an overnight coup attempt by a faction within the military that used tanks and attack helicopters to try to overthrow the government, a senior official said.

Pro-coup soldiers ‘determinedly still fighting’

In an email from the Turkish military General Staff’s media office address, the pro-coup faction said it was determinedly still fighting.

Calling itself the Peace at Home Movement, the faction also called on people to stay indoors for their own safety.

Fethullah Gulen denies involvement in coup attempt

An organisation close to Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen has denied involvement in the attempt coup against President Erdogan.

“We condemn any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey,” the Alliance for Shared Values group said in a statement.

“Comments by pro-Erdogan circles about the movement are highly irresponsible,” it said.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a television interview that members of the movement loyal to Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, were involved in the attempted military takeover.

Supporters of President turn on pro-coup soldiers

Supporters of President Erdogan attacked a group of pro-coup soldiers who had surrendered on an Istanbul bridge before police intervened to rescue them.

Erdogan had repeatedly urged his supporters to take to the streets to help put down the coup attempt, which he said had been carried out by a faction of the armed forces loyal to his arch foe, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Tusk- ‘Tensions cannot be resolved by guns’

European Council President Donald Tusk said that tensions there cannot be resolved by guns.

Tusk also said the consequences of the coup attempt would be crucial for the whole region and for EU-Turkey relation.

336 people detained nationwide in connection with attempted coup

Turkish authorities have detained 336 people in connection with the attempted coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday.

The arrests occurred across the country, he told broadcaster CNN Turk.

Death toll rises to 60

At least 60 people were killed during an attempted military coup inTurkey overnight, a senior official said on Saturday.

Turkey appoints acting military chief, whereabouts of predecessor unknown -official

Turkey has appointed the head of its First Army as acting chief of military staff while the whereabouts of the head of the armed forces remains unknown, officials said.

Umit Dundar was appointed after the head of the military could not be accounted for in the chaos of an attempted coup.

Local media reports said earlier the chief of staff had been taken hostage.

Around 50 soldiers involved in attempted coup surrender on Bosphorus bridge

Around 50 soldiers involved in an attempted military coup in Turkey have surrendered on one of the bridges across the Bosphorus in Istanbul, abandoning their tanks with their hands raised in the air, live footage on CNN Turk showed.

Witnesses earlier saw tens of other pro-coup soldiers surrendering to armed police after being surrounded in Istanbul’s central Taksim square.

 

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