Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 'flees country in private jet' after military launche

Soldiers, tanks and fighter jets have been seen in capital Ankara, while the country's state TV and internet has been cut off

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reportedly fled the country in a private jet following a military coup.

In the last few hours gunfire has been heard in the Turkish capital Ankara as military jets and helicopters were seen flying overhead.

In Istanbul, the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge have been closed, along with Attaturk airport where tanks and soldiers have been seen.

Meanwhile soldiers have reportedly raided Istanbul Police Department headquarters, requesting the policemen handover their weapons.

Gunfire has also been heard at the police station, according to statements on Twitter.

The current situation inside the building is not clear as yet.

BREAKING According to our source, Turkish president Ardogan left the country in his private presidential jet https://t.co/nH2AYhT6c3

— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) July 15, 2016

Unverified image of helicopter opening fire #Turkey pic.twitter.com/d9GiDxisWy

— Michael Horowitz (@michaelh992) July 15, 2016

The state TV channel has been taken off air, while internet access has been cut across the country.

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