Dozens dead as Turkish military attempts to seize power from government

UPDATE 3:30PM | As dawn breaks in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the destructive military coup is over and the government is back in control.

At least 60 people have been killed during unrest in Ankara and Istanbul, including police officers, after a section of the country’s military staged an attempted coup.


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The Turkish Red Cross says more than 1,000 people have been injured.

Meanwhile, more than 750 people, mostly members of the security forces involved in attempting to seize power from government, have been arrested.

After eight hours of bloodshed, President Erdogan claims the government is back in control and has ordered the “annihilation” of rogue military aircraft.

It’s understood a large number of police officers were killed during an exchange of gunfire with a rogue helicopter which had been targeting the Parliament building.

It has since been shot down.

President Erdogan has labelled the coup attempt as an act of treason, vowing the ring leader would “pay the price in front of the nation”.

A short time ago, soldiers were filmed surrendering to authorities and abandoning their posts on the suspension bridge which crosses the river that bisects the city.

Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport has also reopened and news channels have begun broadcasting again.

Several news studio’s were temporarily shut down by soldiers earlier in the night.