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Gunfire and explosions rock Istanbul in attempted coup

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:00

Amateur video purports to show people taking cover as shots are fired in Istanbul after Turkey's military says it has seized power from President Tayyip Erdogan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Turkish troops said on Friday (July 15) they had seized control of the country but President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to put down the attempted coup, and crowds answered his call to defy a curfew order and take to the streets in support. Footage posted on social media websites purported to show people gathering and chanting in Istanbul and then taking cover as shots were fired. Video also purported to show injured being carried away on foot and by ambulance. Gunfire and explosions rocked both the main city Istanbul and capital Ankara in a chaotic night, but by the early hours of Saturday (July 16) there were indications that the coup was crumbling. If successful, the overthrow of Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would mark one of the biggest shifts in the Middle East in years. If it fails, the coup attempt could still destabilize a pivotal country in the region.

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Gunfire and explosions rock Istanbul in attempted coup

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:00