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Coup in Turkey denounced by EU, US leaders

Erdogan supporters protest amid violent clashes with military

Gareth Morgan and Robin Schiller

Published 16/07/2016 | 02:30

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. Binali Yildirim told NTV television:
Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt." (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey's military tried to take over the country last night and oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power.

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The coup sparked violence on the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. There were reports of civilians being shot by the army and explosions at Istanbul Airport, Taksim Square in the centre of the city and at the parliament in Ankara.

The coup is thought to be in response to Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime and rolling back of civil liberties. The army is traditionally the defender of Turkey's constitution and secular state.

But world leaders denounced the coup and called for the democratically elected government to be restored. US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed President Erdogan.

President Erdogan called his supporters onto the streets to resist the coup and there was confusion and chaos on the streets.

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