According to BBC, an army group in Turkey says it has taken control of the country with bridges closed in Istanbul, while aircraft are flying low over Ankara, Turkey’s capital. A statement from the military group read out on NTV television said: “The power in the country has been seized in its entirety.”
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim earlier denounced an “illegal action” by some military group stressing it was not a coup. He said that the government remained in charge. Traffic has been stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul. There are reports of gunshots in the capital Ankara. It was gathered that gunshot was also heard outside Istanbul police HQ and tanks are said to be stationed outside Istanbul airport. All flights are cancelled. CNN Turk reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “safe” but did not elaborate.