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Turkish Public Broadcaster Under Heavy Gunfire From Helicopters

© REUTERS / MURAD SEZERTurkish military stand guard near the the Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Turkish military stand guard near the the Taksim Square in Istanbul. - Sputnik International
The main building of Turkish state television TRT is under fire from helicopters.

Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk showed live pictures of military helicopters opening fire at the building. According to local media, TRT is now under military control.

Choppers have also attacked the headquarters of the TURKSAT satellite station.

Heavy gunfire has also been reported at the Turkish Presidential Palace.

Police officers stand guard near the Turkish military headquarters in Ankara, Turkey. - Sputnik International
Military Coup Attempt Underway in Turkey

A RIA Novosti correspondent confirmed three powerful explosions hit the capital of Ankara. The third blast was heard in Golbasi district where a defense ministry facility is located, according to Hurriyet.

Earlier in the day, in an apparent coup attempt, the Turkish military claimed it had seized power from the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Turkish Armed Forces took full control of power," the General Staff said in a statement broadcast earlier on state television.

The government maintains it is still in control.

There is very little evidence of what is happening the country since social media services Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were shut down inside Turkey earlier in the day.

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