Gunfire and explosions have been reported in Turkey, it’s capital Ankara and the main city Istanbul witnessed a chaotic night as military jets were seen flying overhead, tanks roam the streets and Soldiers took a position in cities and ordered state television to declare that they have taken control over the city.
A curfew has been imposed, the internet has been restricted and people were being told to stay indoors. But later president Erdogan has called on his supporters to take to the streets and support him in opposing the soldiers who are trying to seize control of the country.
Erdogan, who was holidaying, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday and was shown on TV appearing among a crowd of supporters outside the airport, which the coup plotters had failed to secure. Erdogan said there was an attempt to bomb his hotel in Marmaris, where he was staying as the coup started, but that he had already left.
Erdogan, addressing a crowd early morning in Istanbul, says the coup is over and the “the government is in control”, but reports of explosions and gunfire are still coming in from Istanbul.
60 people, including police officers, have reportedly been killed in Ankara. In Istanbul, powerful images of soldiers surrendering on a bridge are dominating newscasts and airwaves.