Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says coup is "act of treason"

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The coup was launched by a group espousing human rights and freedoms (Source: Getty)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reasserted authority by stating a coup attempt on the country was an act of treason.

Bomb attacks, air strikes and gunfire were seen in Ankara and Istanbul last night, leaving more than 60 people dead and many more wounded and injured.

Tanks initially took positions on bridges in Instabul, with low-flying military aircraft flying over capital Ankara.

The latest from officials is that the coup has ended, though this has not been confirmed, according to the BBC, and more than 1,500 soldiers have been arrested.

Turkey's foreign ministry has announced the coup has been "foiled by the Turkish people in unity and solidarity. Our president and government are in charge", though at this time it is not clear what exactly is happening.

A faction from the military said that it launched the coup "to ensure and restore constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms".

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered the military to shoot down any jets being used by those involved in the coup.

In the chaos, the Turkish parliament and presidential buildings were attacked, with tanks stationed outside Istanbul airport.

International concern has flared up, with President Barack Obama calling on Turkey to support the democratically elected government.

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