Turkey coup attempt: President Erdogan says the government is in control

What we know:

  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul where he was met by large crowds at Ataturk Airport.
  • He declared that the “government brought to power by the people is in charge.”
  • While the government seems to be consolidating control in Istanbul, the situation remains more uncertain in the capital of Ankara, which appears to be the epicenter of the uprising.
  • At least 60 people have been killed and scores more injured in attacks related to the attempted coup.
  • The state-run Anadolu news agency says 754 members of the armed forces have been arrested in connection with the plot.

How it began:

  • Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a Turkish television network shortly before 1 p.m. Pacific that reports that a coup had been attempted in his country were correct.
  • Military officials claimed they had seized control of the country shortly before 2 p.m.
  • In an interview with CNN Turk, Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to the streets.
  • By Friday night, Turkish television was broadcasting images of rebel soldiers surrendering.

200 unarmed soldiers leave Turkey’s military headquarters in Ankara and surrender to police

Turkey’s state-run news agency says some 200 unarmed soldiers have left Turkey’s military headquarters in the capital Ankara and have surrendered to police.

It isn’t immediately clear if those 200 are among 1,563 military personnel who have been reported detained across Turkey as the government cracks down on the attempted coup.

A senior Turkish official says most of those arrested are of lower ranks. The official was communicating with the media on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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