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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Timeline of Turkey's failed coup

A statue of a soldier is seen in front of a wall showing the names of people killed during the events of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt at an anniversary site setup to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt in Taksim square on July 12, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
A statue of a soldier is seen in front of a wall showing the names of people killed during the events of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt at an anniversary site setup to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt in Taksim square on July 12, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

July 15, Friday (All times in GMT)

1950 - Gunshots heard in Ankara, military jets and helicopters fly overhead. Helicopters seen overhead in Istanbul.

2002 - Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim says attempted coup under way; says security forces have been called in to "do what is necessary".

2025 - Turkish TV channels report statement purportedly from Turkish military saying it has taken power to protect democratic order.

2038 - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is safe, reports CNN Turk.

2126 - Speaking to CNN Turk via a cellphone video link, Mr Erdogan urges people to take to the streets to protest and vows to return to Ankara.

2151 - A military helicopter opens fire over the Turkish capital Ankara, witnesses report explosion.

2339 - Bomb hits parliament in Ankara; witness hears blast in Istanbul.

2352 - Turkish PM says situation under control, declares no-fly zone over Ankara.

July 16, Saturday

0027 - Two more explosions hit parliament

0045 - Around 30 soldiers, part of faction attempting to carry out coup, surrender weapons after being surrounded by armed police in Taksim square.

0339 - Mr Erdogan addresses thousands waving flags at Istanbul's main airport, urges supporters to stay on streets until the situation normalises.

0342 - More soldiers involved in the attempted coup surrender.

0418 - Email from the Turkish military General Staff's press office says faction of officers behind the coup attempt is still fighting. Calling itself the Peace at Home Movement, the faction tells people to stay indoors for their own safety.

0902 - Turkey's EU minister, Omer Celik, says coup situation "90 per cent under control", but some commanders being held hostage.

0920 - Mr Yildirim says 161 people killed, 1,440 wounded, 2,839 army members detained including ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers. Says those who formed backbone of coup detained, and calls on citizens to fill town and city squares with flags.

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