Intense gunfire has resumed in the Turkish capital, Ankara, by the parliament and General Staff buildings, with massive casualties reported as police battled pro-coup military forces. In Istanbul, at least six people were killed and 150 taken to hospitals.
The soldiers who attempted a military coup opened fire on people gathered at the parliament and General Staff buildings, Anadolu news agency reported, adding that there were casualties.
The prosecutor’s office has announced that at least 60 people were killed during the coup attempt. Earlier, it said 42 people had been killed in Ankara.
Kahraman said that nobody had been killed during the attacks on the parliament, although a few police officers had been injured. All the deputies are safe and unharmed, AP reported him as saying.
Milletvekilleri sığınakta, sürekli bomba atılıyor. Şu an bir helikopter daha gidiyormuş TBMM'ye. TBMM resmen bombardıman altında…
— Eren Erdem (@erenerdemnet) July 16, 2016
Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman said that a bomb hit a corner of a public relations building inside the parliament complex, injuring a number of officers.Over 130 people have been detained in connection with the “failed” coup attempt, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. Images show soldiers being escorted away by citizens.
#Breaking Parallel state members attempting military coup open fire on civilians near Parliament, General Staff; casualties reported
— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) July 16, 2016
He added that jets seized by coup plotters were still in the air, but that the Air Force had orders to shoot them down.
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) July 16, 2016
Boğaz köprüsün de tank tomayı vurmuş. pic.twitter.com/iJTII8rCEe
— Musa Özbek (@musaozbekk) July 16, 2016
Ankara'da sivil insanlar ateş altında! Ölü ve yaralılar var ne yazık ki pic.twitter.com/lRT3GBQMK2
— NaynCo (@Nayn_Co) July 15, 2016