By Andrew Bolt ~
In a statement, the Turkish military says the rule of law must remain the priority.
“The power in the country has been seized in its entirety,” said the military statement read on NTV television, without giving further details. The military’s website was not immediately accessible.
State TV TRT reportedly off the air
President Erdogan’s whereabouts are unknown. The top general is arrested. Gunfire has been heard.
Erdogan (pictured) has been trying to cast Turkey in a more Islamic mode and has been increasingly oppressive. The army has traditionally wanted a more secular country, as Ataturk insisted.
A TURKISH F-16 fighter jet has shot down a Sikorsky helicopter hijacked by coup plotters seeking to oust the government, a presidential source said.
Seventeen police officers were also killed earlier at the military’s special forces headquarters in the capital Ankara, state-run Anadolu news agency reported, without giving further details.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.