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Breaking: Saudi Arabia says journalist Khashoggi ‘died after fight broke out’ in the consulate

Ending two weeks of intense speculations, Authorities in Saudi Arabia have said journalist Jamal Khashoggi actually died when a “fight” broke out with individuals inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

 A senior Saudi intelligence official was fired over the incident.

The slain journalist lived in Turkey and was last seen entering the consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. The Turkish government almost immediately accused the Saudi authorities of killing the journalist, an accusation which Riyadh have repeatedly denied.

On Friday, however, a Saudi prosecutor announced on state television that an investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance confirmed he was dead.

"An argument between Khashoggi and men who met him inside the consulate on October 2 escalated into “a fistfight that led to his death,” the prosecutor said.

"A fight broke out between the journalist and people who met him inside the consulate, which led to his dead, the prosecutor said according to Reuters.

The investigation is still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have so far been arrested in connection with the incident, the authorities said. Saudi TV also confirmed that General Ahmad al-Asiri, deputy director of General Intelligence Directorate, was fired over the incident.

Al-Asiri was a senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as was another official fired over the incident, Saud al-Qahtani, who was in charge of Saudi propaganda overseas.

The Saudi admission seems to confirm at least some of the accusations made by anonymous Turkish officials over the past two weeks, though some of the more lurid claims - that it was a hit ordered by bin Salman personally, or that the assassins cut Khashoggi’s body into pieces with a bone saw - remain in the realm of rumors.

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