Turkey’s leaders said they have largely quelled an attempted military coup, after army officers claimed to have seized power in the country. Clashes persisted in major cities as tanks blockaded roads, soldiers fought with police and warplanes bombed the parliament in Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech from Istanbul’s international airport, blamed the coup attempt on a group of followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.
“They will pay a heavy price for their treason,” Erdogan said in comments carried by AHaber. Meanwhile, clashes persisted around military headquarters in Ankara, while massive explosions continued to rock the capital — where the legislature was hit by at least two airstrikes — and Istanbul. About 60 people have been killed, according to local media outlet Haberturk. FULL REPORT