Turkish president tells supporters government is in charge

At least 60 people have been killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup, a senior Turkish official said. Turkey's armed forces said it "fully seized control" of the country Friday and its president responded by calling on Turks to take to the streets in a show of support for the government. "Those who stain the military's reputation must leave. The process has started today, and it will continue just as we fight other terrorist groups".

The worldwide community has shown great concern over a coup attempt in Turkey and urged for the non-employment of violence and a speedy return to civilian rule.

Soldiers fired bullets at civilians who walked to the Bosphorus Bridge.

The Turkish chief of military staff was among those taken hostage in the Turkish capital Ankara, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

It said: "There has been large-scale military action in Turkey, with the military deployed to the streets and widespread reports of gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul".

Major bridges, Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, in Istanbul were closed and gunfire was heard at Istanbul airport as soldiers took to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul.

Prime Minister Yildirim says situation under control in the country, and blames supporters of the exiled preacher, Gulen.

Facebook and Twitter were reportedly blocked in March after pictures from a deadly vehicle bombing spread on social media.

He said they would not be allowed to do anything to interrupt democracy.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday advised its citizens in Turkey to stay in their place and not to move out, after a military coup was announced there.

He reaffirmed full support of the Government and people of Pakistan to the elected Leadership and Government and the people of Turkey.

Erdogan said he was Turkey's commander in chief and there had not been any attempt against him.

As the crisis unfolded, there were reports that access to popular social media sites like Twitter and Facebook had been blocked within the country.

Twitter's global public policy team tweeted they did not have reason to believe Twitter had been completely blocked but they suspected "an intentional slowing of our traffic".

Soguel reported from Istanbul.

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