Turkish soldiers block Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. (image credit:Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

Military coup attempted in Turkey against Erdoğan government

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returns to Istanbul amid chaos on streets and says he remains in control, blaming ‘treason’ on a faction within armed forces

A military coup has been attempted in Turkey, pitching one of the Middle East’s key hubs of power into sudden turmoil and prompting supporters of the country’s elected president to take to the streets.

In a statement released through Turkish television channels on Friday night, people claiming to speak for the military said the army was in charge of the country, accusing the government of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of eroding Turkey’s secular traditions.

But as soldiers and tanks moved into key positions around Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, people poured into the streets. A night of confrontations, loud blasts and gunfire ensued across the capital, with at least 17 reportedly killed and scores wounded while fighter jets and helicopters buzzed overhead.

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Source: theguardian.com