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UPDATE: 17 Turkish police officers killed during military coup

UPDATE: It is believed as many as 17 Police Officers have been killed during a military coup in Turkey.

Tanks have apparently bombed the Turkish Parliament building in Ankara and reports suggest a Turkish fighter jet has shot down a helicopter carrying coup plotters.


The Press Office for the Government has just said the coup is over and they are back in control. 

Earlier the Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the country would never allow any initiative that would disrupt democracy.

While the leaders of Greece’s armed forces and police are holding emergency talks in Athens.

EARLIER: Turkey’s armed forces have staged a coup – according to a statement released to TV networks.

There have been reports of gunshots ringing out in the Turkish capital of Ankara, as military jets and helicopters were seen flying overhead.

It is also believed vehicles were used to block two major bridges in Istanbul.

The statement said they have taken power to protect the democratic order and maintain human rights.

The military says existing foreign relations will be maintained and the rule of law will remain the priority.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television “it is correct that there was an attempt” when asked if there was a coup.

But he stressed that it should not be referred to as a coup, adding Turkey would never allow any “initiative that would interrupt democracy”.