nfire erupting in Istanbul after an attempted coup left unclear just who is running Turkey. Turkish military who tried to orchestrate the takeover and the government of President Tayyip Erdogan, both claiming control early Saturday. This image of an empty anchor desk at CNN Turk circulating on social media.
After gunshots were heard during a live broadcast, soldiers entered the building and halted the newscast. A statement read on Turkish State TV on the orders of the military said that martial law had been imposed across Turkey. A curfew declared as the country was now being run by a peace council, the military saying freedom and secular rule of law was paramount and then a new constitution would be prepared soon.
Reuters' editor Mark Hosenball.>> Turkey is incredibly important because number one, they are very important, one of the more, very important American military bases there. It's the stepping stone to the battlefield, the main battlefield in the region, which is the Islamic State versus everybody else in Syria and Iraq.
It's a staging post for US and Allied Forces to conduct their operations against Islamic State.>> Warplanes and helicopters roared over the capital Ankara. Airports were shut access to Internet and many social media sites was cut off and troops sealed off the two bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
President Erdogan speaking to a CNN Turk reporter earlier via cellphone urged people to take to the streets to protest the attempted coup, vowing that it would be over within a short time and said those responsible would pay a heavy price in the courts.