Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildririm said the country’s military has made an “illegal attempt” to take control of the government, but he stopped short of calling it a coup d’état.
“It would be wrong to call it a coup,” Yildirim said late Friday night, suggesting it was a “part of the military” making the manoeuvers.
“We will punish it [in] the hardest way,” Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported the prime minister saying.
Unconfirmed reports on social media suggest military jets could be seen flying low above the Ankara skyline.
At the same time, military are reported to have closed off Istanbul’s Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges.
More to come.
(With files from Nick Logan/ Global News)