Turkish parliament hit by shell

Türkiye Materials 16 July 2016 03:42 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 16


Turkish parliament has been hit by a shell, Anadolu Agency reports.

Deputies in parliament also confirmed an explosion.

Further explosions were heard during a livecast broadcasting from the general assembly of the parliament, which was evacuated.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a phone interview on broadcaster CNNTürk that a "minority group" in the military has attempted a coup.

Erdoğan said the parallel state, referring to the followers of the U.S.-based scholar Fethullah Gülen, has promoted the attempt.

"We will not leave the ground to them," he said, vowing to end the "occupation" by the group, called on nation to unite at squares and airports. Erdoğen said he would also be on the streets.

The move is not as part of the chain of command, he said.

"I am the chief commander," he said.