Sunday 28 May 2017

Turkish military in attempted coup, prime minister says

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge, lit in the colours of the French flag in solidarity with the victims of the attack in Nice (AP)
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge, lit in the colours of the French flag in solidarity with the victims of the attack in Nice (AP)

A group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, Turkey's prime minister says.

Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "It is correct that there was an attempt."

Mr Yildirim did not provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any "initiative that would interrupt democracy".

Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.

Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of Turkey's military headquarters.

"We are focusing on the possibility of an attempt (coup)," Mr Yildirim said.

"There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy."

The Dogan news agency says one-way traffic on the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges were blocked. Video footage showed the bridge being blocked by military vehicles.

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