194 killed amid military coup attempt in Turkey

He says he condemns "any attempts to change the democratic order in Turkey by force". "Everyone shall know that the Republican People's Party (CHP) is devoted to the constant of our democracy, that is the free will of our citizens".

Policemen protect a soldier from the mob on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. Two other tanks and a military vehicle were stationed in front of the VIP terminal.

"Shots were fired by a military officer from inside the walls earlier this morning".

More gunfire rings out as a confused nation watches. Tensions, however, are still running high, media report. Facebook declined comment, but Twitter said it suspected "intentional" interference with its service.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said fighter jets under the control of loyalist forces were flying over the capital to strike at helicopters flown by coup supporters. Anadolu reported that helicopters have opened fire at the national intelligence headquarters in Ankara.

Turkey's military staged a coup late Friday, imposing martial law with tanks on the streets of one of America's key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - taking the world by surprise, NBC News reported.

All flights canceled: While a few flights have landed in the last hour, Turkish airlines flight status boards shows that all flights out of Istanbul have been canceled or marked indefinitely delayed for tonight.

Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who lives in exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and who once was an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has condemned the attempted military coup attempt and denied any involvement in it. "Those who stain the military's reputation must leave". But by the time he reemerged after hours of silence, dozens of people had died in the violence, a lot of them police officers. The studio is now being emptied.

"We pray for the safety of the Turkish people who are now amassing on the streets as a show of support for democracy", it underlined. Erdogan was interviewed via Facetime on CNN Turk television. "Go to the streets and give them their answer", he urged. He said the lower officers had rebelled against senior officers.

They were arrested for illegal entry into the country, via Alexandroupolis airport in the north-eastern part of the country, around a dozen miles from the border with Turkey.

"Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed".

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control, the BBC reported. Government "is at the helm"' he said. According to other media reports Mr Erdogan is in a secure location.

State TV and Social media is blocked.

The U.S. State Department urged Americans in Turkey not to attempt reaching the U.S. Embassy or consulates, telling them instead to "shelter in place".

"I have contacted the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and India's Ambassador to Turkey and they have confirmed that the 149 athletes participating in the world games in Trabzon area of Turkey are safe", he said here. "I would love to hear that people are safe, nothing is going on, and people can live their lives as freely as possible - the outcome we hope for". The opposition secular CHP said Turkey had seen enough coups and did not want "these difficulties repeated".

Turkey is a key partner in USA -led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, and has allowed American jets to use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists in nearby Syria and Iraq.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called for "restraint and respect for democratic institutions", while Moscow said it was "deeply concerned" by the developments, which it warned would increase the threat to regional stability.

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