Turkey’s prime minister said 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,” Yildirim didn’t 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 the Turkey’s military headquarters.
Friday evening, Turkish media reports have cited MIT, the national intelligence agency, as saying the coup has been defeated.
The MIT website was not immediately accessible from Turkey. MIT spokesman Nuh Yilmaz said that Gen. Hulusi Akar, the military chief of staff, was back in control.
Yilmaz said “Gen. Akar is back on top of his duties.” He added: “everything is returning to normal”
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7/15/2016 8:08:58 PM (GMT -4:00)