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Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim says a group within Turkey’s military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup.

The Associated Press reported that the Prime Minister said a group in the military engaged in an attempted coup.

Binali Yildirim told NTV television: “it is correct that there was an attempt” when asked if there was a coup.

Yildirim didn’t provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any “initiative that would interrupt democracy.”

“We will fight with these anti-democratic and illegal actions,” Yildirim said later on A Haber TV.

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Turkish television showed military tanks at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. The newspaper Hurriyet reported the airport is closed. Earlier, military jets were reportedly head flying low over the capital, Ankara.

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge were both closed on Friday, local television channels reported without giving a reason, according to Reuters.

“There are certain groups who took the arms trusted to them by the state and pointed them toward state employees,” Yildirim said on NTV, according to the AP. “We shall determine soon who they are. Our security forces have acted against these groups.”

Dogan News Agency reported the national police directorate summoned all police to duty in Ankara, Reuters reported.


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