The prime minister of Turkey, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced on Friday night in comments broadcast on NTV, a private television channel that factions of the military had attempted a coup on his government in Ankara., the country’s capital. He said:
“Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,”. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.”
Reuters reported that the military had issued a statement saying it had “taken over” for “democratic order” and that “all existing foreign relations will continue.”
The whereabouts of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has dominated politics in Turkey for many years and has sought to establish a firm control over the military, was not immediately known.
Military forces shut two bridges over the Bosporus in Istanbul, and fighter jets were seen flying over Istanbul and Ankara, the capital.
All flights at the main airport in Istanbul have been temporarily stopped.
Mr. Yildirim said security forces have been called in to “do what is necessary,” and that everything is under control.
Update: Soldiers, tanks and fighter jets have been seen in capital Ankara, while the country’s state TV and internet has been cut off