Military, with large deployment, announces takeover in Turkey

The Turkish military announced late Friday that it was seizing power in Turkey to restore order, according to a statement carried by the Dogan news agency, while political leaders denied there was a coup and vowed to keep power.

There were large scale military deployments in Ankara and Istanbul, both on the ground and in the air. There were reports of shots fired in Ankara. The army reportedly took over the airport in Istanbul, according to Dogan, after partially shutting bridges.

Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on local television that there had been an "attempt" by elements within the military. He pledged that democracy would not be overthrown.

In 1997 the military forced the government from office in the "post-modern coup." The last full military takeover occurred in 1980, including suspension of the constitution.

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