A military coup attempted by a faction of the Turkish army was foiled by the people who took to the streets at the request of country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Troops have been spotted in the streets of Ankara and Istanbul and there have been reports of fighter jets flying low over the cities. The plot was apparently masterminded by lower officers who had rebelled against senior officers, writes CNN.
A Turkish F-16 fighter jet has shot down a helicopter used by coup plotters over Ankara, according to CNN Turk.
The military claims it has taken over the government and imposed martial law, according to state broadcaster TRT.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reacted by issuing a statement via Facetime on CNN Turk television urging people to defend democracy in to the streets. “This was done from outside the chain of command,” he said.
In Istanbul, the Ataturk International Airport and the two main bridges over Bosphorus Strait have been shut down while in the capital of Ankara, the major bridges have been closed.
A crowd of 200-300 residents gathered with flags at Taksim Square in Istanbul and at least one tank and military vehicle are present in the area.
Gunfire heard at Istanbul airport and near the police headquarters.
Turkish chief of military staff taken hostage in Ankara.
Curfew declared across the country.
Video: Turkish Army Coup takes President Erdogan by surprise.