Turkey has been in what feels like a constant state of turmoil of late, suffering a spate of bombings and most recently capped off with the tragic ISIS-claimed bombing of its main airport that left at least 44 people dead and nearly 240 wounded.
Today, we’re learning of what may be the ultimate destabilizer for the country: an attempted military coup.
Some Turkish military units have attempted an uprising, PM says. U.S. Embassy reports jets flying over capital. https://t.co/hUnmFbr1ur
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 15, 2016
According to CBC News:Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says a group within the military engaged in an attempted coup. Yildirim told NTV television: “it is correct that there was an attempt.”
— Patrick Megahan (@PatMegahan) July 15, 2016
Yildirim didn’t provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any “initiative that would interrupt democracy.”
Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.
Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of the Turkey’s military headquarters.
Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge were both closed on Friday, local television channels reported.
— Putintintin (@putintintin1) July 15, 2016
Turkey’s stock market lost 3% in a matter of minutes following the news.
Something going on in Turkey? Twitter chatter/rumor of martial law … and $TUR ETF just fell nearly 3% in a matter of minutes. Crazy times.
— Paul R. La Monica (@LaMonicaBuzz) July 15, 2016
This story is still developing. Updates will be posted as they come in.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]