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'Attempt' at coup in Turkey, Prime Minister says

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

The Associated Press reported that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim 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.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was said to be out of the country on vacation Friday. He became president in 2014 after previously serving as prime minister for three terms. It was the country's first direct presidential election.

Erdogan has been criticized in recent years over crackdowns on media freedoms, following a corruption investigation that was shut down as an attempt to overthrow him.

The joint US-Turkish Military Base at Incirlik, located in Adana, and other outlying bases have gone to "Force Protection Condition Delta." According to U.S. military documents, Force Protection Condition DELTA dictates all missions halt except base security.

Families and dependents of US personnel have already been evacuated from the base. They were evacuated after the terror attacks against the Istanbul airport in 

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