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Attempted military coup unfolding in Turkey

Gunfire rang out, troops stormed government buildings and jets roared over the Turkish capital of Ankara on Friday as Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said a group within Turkey's military was attempting to overthrow the government.

A national curfew was announced, and other security forces had been called in to "do what is necessary," Yildirim said. The Turkish government insisted that it remained in control.

"Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command," Yildirim said in comments broadcast by private channel NTV and reported by Reuters. "The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so."

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the events "an attempt at an uprising by a minority within our armed forces."

A senior Turkish official told Reuters that loyalist forces are gaining control over elements trying to overthrow the government. The official also said that the faction attempting the coup has control of some tanks and has ordered its forces to try to take over streets, but have been unable to do so in many areas. The source also said security forces are still facing some difficulties in parts of Ankara and Istanbul and that this may continue for the next 24 hours, but will be contained.

The Press Counsellor Office of the Turkish Embassy tweeted that an arrest warrant has been issued.

A correspondent for Turkish state broadcaster TRT told Reuters that soldiers had entered TRT buildings in Ankara. An announcer on TRT soon thereafter read a statement, on military orders, saying that democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government. A new constitution would be prepared as soon as possible, the announcer said, but for now, martial law is in effect.

A military helicopter opened fire over the Turkish capital Ankara, a Reuters witness said, as witnesses heard an explosion in the capital. CNN-Turk said that the explosion occurred at a state-run television building, according to The Associated Press.

Protesting crowds were fired upon, according to the AP and AFP, but it was unclear if coup supporters or pro-government forces fired the shots.

A separate statement issued by the military said that all existing foreign relations would continue and that rule of law would be a priority. That statement was not authorized by military command, a Turkish presidential source said.

Erdogan said on a cellphone interview on CNN Turk that the coup was an act encouraged by a "parallel structure." He said the attempted uprising would be given the necessary response, and he encouraged...


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