A tank in central Ankara drove over a car as protesters clambered aboard preventing it from moving across the city in Turkey's coup

Eyewitnesses have posted photographs of a large explosion in the capital Ankara amid the Turkish military takeover

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Loud explosions have been heard across Ankara with reports of an explosion occurred at the state-run television building.

Turkey’s state-run news agency reported military helicopters have also attacked the headquarters of TURKSAT satellite station on the outskirts of Ankara and the Ankara Police headquarters.

Dozens of tanks were seen moving toward a palace that is now used by the prime minister and deputy prime ministers.

Eyewitnesses have reported attack helicopters firing machine guns in the capital Ankara in a bid to depose the Islamic government.

The military said they have taken control in order to protect human rights, however, prime minister Binali Yildirim said only a ‘faction’ was involved.

Fast attack jets and helicopters were heard above Ankara and Istanbul after the military confirmed they had seized control of the country,.

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge were both closed after the military deployed roadblocks.

Tracer fire from Turkish military helicopters was spotted over Ankara with fast attack jets flying combat air patrols over the city.

President Erdogan is reported ‘as safe’. A spokesman for the Turkish government claimed the coup has been unsuccessful and they are still in power.

Erdogan used FaceTime to talk to a journalist on a privately run TV station to stress he was still in control of the country and warned of retaliation.

He urged the Turkish population to take to the streets and protest against he coup. The military has imposed a curfew and has ordered people to remain indoors.

Erdogan is reported to be in a ‘safe location’ but is believed to be in Marmaris, near the popular resort of Bodrum.

He said the uprising attempt was being run by a minority within the armed forces and said it would be met with the ‘necessary response’.

There are conflicting reports that Erdogan may have fled the country on a private jet.

On FaceTime, he said: ‘I certainly believe that coup plotters will not succeed. I urge the Turkish people to convene at public squares and airports. I never believed in a power higher than the power of the people.’

He said he was still president and commander in chief. He vowed the insurrectionists would pay a ‘very heavy price’.

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala says very effective units from the chief of general staff’s office, the Turkish armed forces and the police are responding to the attempted coup in the country.

Ala says they are responding to ‘gangs who have taken cover in certain locations’.

He spoke by telephone to NTV television and also encouraged Turkish citizens to ‘fearlessly go out and support our security forces’.

He says: ‘We think it would be right for them to go out to the airports, to the streets, especially to the main arteries. As long as they do that this gang’s attempts… they will be defeated no matter what.’

He added ‘this is a gang that considers nothing sacred, not the people or the nation. They’re taking certain actions.’

Erdogan was elected president in 2014 after becoming prime minister in 2003 and served as the Mayor of Instanbul from 1994 to 1998.

He founded the Justice and Development Party, known as the AKP in 2001 and led it through three general elections.

He then stepped down as leader in 2003 when he was elected President.

He comes from an Islamist political background and is described as a conservative democrat.

He has proved to be a divisive character in Turkish society.

Erdogan has become increasingly unpopular with more educated and modernised people but he has denied wanting to impose Islamic values in the country.

He has said he is committed to secularism but supports people’s rights to express their religious beliefs openly.

The party which he founded, AKP, suffered a dip in the polls last summer, but regained popularity again after Turkey’s worst suicide bombing in history last November.

He remains well-liked among the more traditional Muslim community in Turkey, who supported his bids to criminalise adultery and introduce alcohol-free zones in the country although they ultimately failed.

Mr Erdogan owes much of his political success to the stable economy over the last decade.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Vladimir Putin was ‘deeply concerned about the news coming from Turkey’.

Peskov said Putin was being briefed by foreign ministry and intelligence services.

In a statement sent by email and reported on Turkish TV channels, the military said all of Turkey’s existing foreign relations would be maintained and that the rule of law would remain the priority.

According to the military tonight’s action will ‘reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated’.

The military statement went on to say that ‘all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue’. 

According to the address read out of state TV: ‘A curfew has been imposed until a second order.’

The military signed the statement on behalf of the ‘Council for Peace in the Homeland’.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped the crisis in Turkey would soon be resolved while preserving peace, stability and a respect for ‘continuity’.

Turkey’s top general has been taken hostage at the military headquarters in the capital Ankara after an attempt to bring down the government, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

‘General Hulusi Akar has been taken hostage by a group in the military who attempted an uprising.’

President Erdogan has vowed to retaliate against the military. He appeared on a private TV station on a mobile phone which was held up to the camera. He is currently in an undisclosed location.

His officials claimed that Turkey’s democratically elected government and president remain in power.

There are conflicting reports on whether Erdogan is still in the country. His prime minister has vowed to ‘retaliate in kind’.

Gunfire has been reported with fast attack jets lying combat air patrols over Ankara.

Yildirim on Friday denounced what he said was an ‘illegal attempt’ by elements in the military after bridges were partially shut down in Istanbul and jets flew low over Ankara.

‘We are working on the possibility of an attempt. We will not allow this attempt,’ he told NTV television by telephone, without expanding on the nature of the move but saying it was by a group in the Turkish military.

‘Those who are in this illegal act will pay the highest price,’ he added, saying it would not be correct to describe the move as a ‘coup’.

Yildirim did not provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any ‘initiative that would interrupt democracy’.

Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.

Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of Turkey’s military headquarters.

Fast attack jets and helicopters have been reported over Ankara.

Gunshots have reportedly been heard near the presidential palace in Ankara.

The mayor of Ankara has also reportedly called people onto the streets.

Yildirim didn’t provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any ‘initiative that would interrupt democracy.’

‘We are focusing on the possibility of an attempt (coup),’ Yildirim said. ‘There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.’

Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.

The Dogan news agency says one-way traffic on the Bosporus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges were blocked. Video footage showed the bridge being blocked by military vehicles.

All flights into Ankara and Istanbul have been cancelled.

The Saudi foreign minister in Washington said he is not willing to speculate as to what is currently happening.

All flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport have been cancelled/

Turkey’s armed forces said on Friday they had taken power in the country to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights.

The government claims the coup has not been successful however the military said have taken full control of the country

The government claims the coup has not been successful however the military said have taken full control of the country

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Turkey to avoid all ‘bloodshed’ amid reports of a coup.

In a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov said that ‘problems in Turkey need to be resolved in accordance with the constitution’.

S oldiers blocked entry to Ataturk Airport where four tanks were stationed

Two other tanks and a military vehicle were stationed in front of the VIP terminal. The report said the soldiers had entered the tower and stopped all flights.

News reports said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was safe and would make a televised statement soon.

Turkey is an important member of NATO in a vital strategic location.

According to the White House: ‘The president’s national security team has apprised him of the unfolding situation in Turkey. The president will continue to receive regular updates.’

There are reports of major explosions in Ankara at the site of the Turkish state TV station.

European airlines have begun diverting aircraft that were en-route to Turkish airports after being alerted to the coup.