Military jets seen over Ankara and gunfire heard in the capital Saturday night as the prime minister Binali Yildirim said a group within the army had attempted to stage a coup. In Istanbul, Turkish Gendarmerie and soldiers blocked entrances to bridges over the Bosphorus while tanks blocked Ataturk airport. "This cannot be called a coup for the moment. This is an uprising," said the prime minister. The security forces are in action against this, he said, in a phone call to local broadcaster NTV. We will punish it the hardest way." The military says it has taken over. The situation remains unclear. The whereabouts of President Tayyip Erdogan are not knowm.
Sky reports state TV and the national phone system have been confiscated. According to unconfirmed reports Turkish generals are being held hostage at Istanbul HQ.