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Military Coup In Turkey: Military Says It’s In Charge
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UPDATED: 7:48 PM EST

Turkish Parliament building bombed.

State says it’s in talks with Coup commanders for surrender.

17 Police officers killed by military.

UPDATED 5:23 PM EST:

More liveblogging from on the ground from @The_Hindu.

2.44 a.m.: Announcer on Turkey’s TRT says democratic and secular rule of law has been droded by current government

2.43 a.m.: Turkish military declares martial law and curfew: TRT state TV

2.42 a.m.: Moscow calls on Turkey to avoid all ‘bloodshed’

2.41 a.m.: Russia’s Lavrov says Russian nationals in Turkey should remain indoors, await further information

2.40 a.m.: Turkish State broadcaster TRT says curfew declared across country

2.35 a.m.: EU source says military coup attmpe underway in Turkey looks substantial, ‘Not just few colonels’.

2.32 a.m.: Access to Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc, and YouTube restricted in Turkey, says Internet Monitoring group.

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Jets are flying low over Ankara as the military claims to be in charge in Turkey. Live blogging from The Guardian.

More from Haaretz:

A group within Turkey’s military has attempted to overthrow the government and security forces have been called in to “do what is necessary,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

The Turkish military released a statement that it had taken over in the name of democratic order, adding that all existing foreign relations will continue and human rights will remain.

The Turkish chief of military staff is among several who have been taken hostage in Ankara, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.

“Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Yildirim, the prime minister, said in comments broadcast by private channel NTV. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.”

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