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COUP in Turkey

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Turkish military has killed 17 police officers in the first reported fatalities in the army's bid to overthrow the Islamic government of Recep Erdogan. 

The state-run Anadolu agency said the victims died at the special forces headquarters in Ankara. Earlier there were reports that he building had been attacked by helicopters.

Elsewhere troops have opened fire on civilians attempting to cross the river Bosporus in Istanbul in protest to the military coup. Soldiers seized strategic locations across Istanbul and Ankara in an effort to overthrow the Islamic president Recep Erdogan.  

According to reports, several people have been injured after troops opened fire on civilians who attempted to cross the bridge over the Bosphorous. Erdogan urged his supporters to ignore a military curfew and take to the streets to oppose the attempted takeover. 

He told followers on FaceTime to resist. He said the uprising attempt was being run by a minority within the armed forces and said it would be met with the ‘necessary response’.  It is understood that Mr Erdogan fled the country in a private jet.  

The Turkish military has announced it has taken control and overthrown the government of Recep Erdogan as troops round up police and attack the capital Ankara. 

The nation's national intelligence spokesman said the coup had been 'repelled', although troops and heavy armour continued to hold strategic locations in Ankara. 


 

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