At Least Sixty People Killed in Turkey Amid Failed Coup


The Turkish military attempted to take over the government in a failed coup on Friday.

At least sixty people were killed in Turkey amid the failed military coup.

At the height of their power they released a statement:  “Turkish Armed Forces took full control of power.”

Tanks have been spotted at Ataturk airport in Istanbul.

Turkish state-run TV channel TRT is back on air, with crowds storming the studio.

A bomb has hit the Turkish parliament in Ankara, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

17 Turkish officers have reportedly been killed in a helicopter attack on the headquarters of police special forces.

A Turkish fighter jet has shot down a military helicopter used by coup plotters over the capital Ankara, according to broadcaster NTV.

The Turkish Prime Minister has claimed part of the military is attempting to overtake the country.

Prime Minister Yildirim has refused to acknowledge that it is a coup, but denounced the illegal attempt to seize power in the military.

“Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command”

“This is a mutiny attempt. We will not let this attempt win. We will uphold democracy,” he said on Turkish NTV. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.”

Ankara, formerly known as Ancyra and Angora, is the capital of the Republic of Turkey. With a population of 4,587,558 in the urban center (2014) and 5,150,072 in its province (2015), it is Turkey’s second largest city after Istanbul.

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