Turkish military attempted failed government takeover, prime minister says

ANKARA, Turkey, July 15 (UPI) — Turkey’s prime minister said Friday that factions of the nation’s military had tried to take over the government, as accounts differed regarding the coup’s success or failure.

The coup attempt occurred in the capital, Ankara, on Friday night local time.

“Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in comments broadcast on Turkish television.

“The government elected by the people remains in charge,” he added, signaling that the coup was not successful. “This government will only go when the people say so.”

The sounds of gunfire and military jets screaming overhead permeated Ankara, witnesses said. There were also reports that two bridges in the city were closed off by armed forces.

The Turkish military, however, made statements Friday that made it sound as if their coup attempt was successful — saying in a statement that it seized power to maintain democratic order and human rights.

BBC News reported that the Turkish military’s chief-of-staff is also reportedly among a group taken hostage in Ankara, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkish television showed a large military presence at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, where flights were uniformly canceled.

The whereabouts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were not immediately reported.

This is a developing story

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