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Turkish police killed in helicopter attack

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State-run Anadolu Agency reports that 17 police officers had been killed in a helicopter attack on special forces headquarters on the outskirts of Ankara.

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Military has declared curfew. Photo: Getty.

The agency also says Turkish air force planes are flying above Ankara to strike at military helicopters that are being used by those attempting a coup.

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Broadcaster NTV has reported F-16 jets have brought down a Sikorsky helicopter, but didn’t provide any details.

NTV also showed what it said were images from a police station in Istanbul, showing military officers allegedly detained by police.

Meanwhile, the commander of Turkey’s military special forces, General Zekai Aksakalli, said “those who are attempting a coup will not succeed”.

He told NTV television by telephone: “Our people should know that we will overcome this… We are in control of the situation.”

He said some deaths and injuries were reported during the coup attempt, without providing any details.

The Australian government is monitoring the unfolding drama in Turkey, with the priority being the safety of Australian citizens.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had spoken with Ambassador James Larsen in Turkey to assess what was happening in the highly fluid situation.

“Our priority is the safety of Australian citizens in Turkey,” she said.

“Australians in Turkey should be vigilant, monitor media, follow the direction of local authorities and advise friends and family in Australia that they are safe.”

Ms Bishop said travel advice for Turkey had been updated to reflect the unfolding developments although the overall level of advice had not changed.

For Turkey generally, the advice is to exercise a high degree of caution and to reconsider travelling to the capital Ankara or to Istanbul.

Ms Bishop said those in Australia concerned about friends of family in Turkey should first try to contact them directly.

If that didn’t work and there were still concerns, people could call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 24-hour Consular Emergency still Centre on 1 300 555 135, or, if calling from overseas +61 2 6261 3305.

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