Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reassured the nation early Saturday that he is in charge and that a coup attempted by some members of the military was over.
The sounds of blasts and gunfire, however, continued to echo across the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul throughout the morning, and it was unclear who was in control of military headquarters in Ankara.
Erdogan flew to Istanbul early Saturday, denouncing the attempted coup by what he described as a rogue group of military officers as an act of treason. “They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything,” he told a crowd waving Turkish flags outside Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.
He said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has given orders to “eradicate” soldiers involved in the uprising and said many arrests of officers was under way.