Turkish military in attempted coup, prime minister says
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup.
According to NTV television, the prosecutor's office in the capitol city of Ankara says at least 42 people have been killed in "attacks." An official at Haydarpasa Numune Hospital says they have admitted at least 150 wounded people.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt." He described the military officers plotting the coup as "a minority within the military."
Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman said a bomb hit one corner of a public relations building inside the parliament complex, injuring some police officers. There were no fatalities here, and all legislators were safe at a parliamentary shelter.
Yildirim didn't provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any "initiative that would interrupt democracy." Earlier, Yildirim called on people to remain in the streets to support the government against coup plotters.
The state-run Anadolu Agency, citing unnamed military sources, named Col. Muharrem Kose as the leader of the attempted coup. They say Kose headed the military's legal advisory department, but was dismissed from the department a short while ago.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "Turkey has a democratically elected government and president. We are in charge and we will continue exercising our powers until the end. We will not abandon our country to these invaders. It will end well."
Earlier, military jets flown by coup plotters were heard flying over Ankara. Yildirim ordered those aircraft be shot down.
Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of the Turkey's military headquarters.
A Turkish news agency has published a statement from the military saying the armed forces have "fully seized control" of the country. Yildirim says 130 soldiers have been arrested in connection to the coup plot. Of those, a source says 13 were military officers who had tired to forcibly enter the presidential palace.
The Dogan agency reported that the statement said that the military did this "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated."
The military statement went on to say that "all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue."
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