Turkey’s Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim has denounced an “illegal action” by a military “group”, with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital, Ankara.
He said the military action was not authorised but it was not a coup. He said that the government remained in charge.
BBC reports that Traffic has been stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul.
There are also reports of gunshots in the capital Ankara.