Turkey coup: Soldiers enter Hurriyet daily building, take hostages

Ankara, July 16 (IANS) A group of soldiers on Saturday entered state-run Hurriyet daily building taking several journalists hostage following a military coup attempt underway in Turkey.

CNN Türk’s broadcast also went off air after soldiers entered the Dogan Media Centre.

A local person has taken over the live broadcast in the early hours of Thursday, saying that the corridors of the building were under the control of the police’s special forces.

Tanks and soldiers are on the streets, protesters are mustering forces, with gunfire and explosions punctuating the chaos.

It was still unclear who is in control – the army or the elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, CNN reported.

In the country’s biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, there have been reports of gunfire and casualties. In Istanbul, bridges were blocked by a group of soldiers and military vehicles.

–IANS

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