Part of the military is attempting a coup in Turkey, the country’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said, following reports of military jets and helicopters flying low over Ankara and Istanbul.

“Some people took illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Yildirim told news network NTV. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so,” he added.

A military helicopter has reportedly opened fire in the district of Ankara where the Turkish National Intelligence Organization headquarters is situated.

According to local news agencies, a large number of ambulance vehicles has been sent towards the Turkish General Staff building in the capital.

According to Yıldırım, Turkish security forces are currently doing what needs to be done to resolve the situation.

Shooting is being reported in the Turkish capital, Ankara, with military jets and helicopters seen in the sky above the city.

According to reports on Twitter, the authorities have closed the two Bosporus bridges in Istanbul, where military jets have also been spotted flying.

The reasons for the Turkish Air Force taking to the skies late Friday currently remain unclear.

Facebook and Twitter services were blocked in Ankara on Friday, RIA-Novosti reported.

According to local media, all security personnel have been urgently called in to work.

A video by Turkish television channel NTV showed tanks stationed at the entrance to Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

Turkish state-run television network TRT has been shut down, Bloomberg reported.


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