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The Saudi ‘death squad’

Target?: Jamal Khashoggi PICTURES: AP /DEMIROREN/AFP

A 15-MAN Saudi ‘death squad’ who allegedly killed missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been caught on camera arriving in Turkey, according to reports.

The footage from Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport purportedly shows Saudi intelligence officers entering and leaving on two private jets. It was published by a Turkish newspaper yesterday.

The pro-government Sabah newspaper also revealed the identities of what it alleged was an ‘assassination squad’ involved in Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.

3.28am: Private jet carrying Saudis arrives in Istanbul from Riyadh
3.37am: Group walk through customs and later check into two hotels
1.14pm: Mr Khashoggi is last seen alive, entering the consulate

It alleged they arrived and left on October 2 — the same day the 59-year-old was last seen alive. It also reported they checked into two hotels in the city and printed pictures of a black Mercedes Vito van arriving at the consul’s residence shortly after Mr Khashoggi went missing.

He had gone to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée.

Turkey fears he was killed inside the premises and that his body was transported in the van.

Saudi officials say the claims are ‘baseless’, but have offered no evidence to show he left the building.

3.08pm: Black van, believed to contain a body, caught on CCTV
5.33pm: Ms Cengiz (circled) arrives at consul to look for fiancé

Mr Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi monarchy and had been living in self-imposed exile in the US, writing columns for The Washington Post.

His fiancée Hatice Cengiz has urged US president Donald Trump to help ‘shed light’ on his disappearance. ‘Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened,’ she added.

Mr Trump said he had spoken with the Saudis about what he called a ‘bad situation’ but he did not disclose details.

7.57pm: Suspect leaves hotel, despite booking a three-day stay
9pm: Second jet carrying suspects begins return journey to Saudi Arabia