Turkey Coup: Toll Rises To 190, Erdogan Reasserts Control


Update: Turkey’s acting chief of staff says 190 people killed in coup attempt – 41 police officers, 47 civilians, 2 soldiers, 104 coup plotters. Turkey’s acting army chief says coup attempt foiled.

Turkey coup attempt- 90 dead, 1,154 wounded in Turkey coup attempt, reports news agency PTI.

Ankara: Seventeen police officers have been killed in a helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters on the outskirts of Ankara, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

Turkish Air Force planes are flying above Ankara to strike at helicopters that are being used by those attempting the coup, the news agency said.

Privately-run NTV television reported F-16 jets have brought down a Sikorsky helicopter, but didn’t provide any details.

The military has taken position at the base of the Taksim monument at Taksim square in Istanbul, occasionally firing into the air to disperse a growing crowd of government supporters.

Military helicopters are flying overhead and many police are in position, separate from the military. Meanwhile, a nearby mosque just made an anti-coup announcement.

Turkey’s military said it took control of the country on Friday, according to Reuters, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took shelter in an undisclosed location and called for citizens to take to the streets in support of his democratically elected government.

“Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the general security that was damaged,” said a military statement sent to journalists. “All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”

Erdogan, speaking via a FaceTime conversation broadcast live on television, said he would join citizens in the street, but appeared to offer no indication of his current whereabouts. His office said he is currently in a secure location, according to a statement from his office reported by the Associated Press.

“It is carried out without my knowledge and it is completely illegal,” Erdogan said. “I am inviting everyone to go outside and resist against this illegal structure.”

Earlier in the night Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had said that a group within the military had attempted to take power. “Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Yildirim said in comments broadcast by private television channel NTV, according to Reuters. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.”

“This uprising is a terror action,” Yildirim later added on NTV, saying it was no different “than the terrorist attacks going on in southeast of Turkey.”

Turkish state TV back on air, correspondents describe being taken hostage. Turkish PM says military chief of staff and commanders are in charge of situation. Turkish PM says this was act of rebellion by movement loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Pentagon says taking steps to ensure safety, security of service members, civilians, their families. Situation largely under control, insists Turkish PM. Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport hopes to resume international departures soon. Mexico’s government on Friday recommended its citizens should not travel to Turkey until the gravity of the situation became clear following a coup attempt by members of the armed forces