Around 23.30 local time military personnel blocked the Bosphorus bridges and sieged strategic points in Ankara including the Turkish national TV NTV. At current time, the coup is primarily limited to Ankara and Istanbul, where explosions have occurred.
The military has declared that the country is under control of a so-called peace council, which will ensure the safety of the Turkish people.
Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, stated that the government would break down on the attempted coup attempted by a fraction of the military. He called on his followers to take to the streets and defend the government. Thousands of people have taken to the streets and civilians that tried to cross the Bosphorus Bridge have been shoot at.
Local reports claim that people are already stocking up on water, cash and other essential goods.
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