Turkey has concluded that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week by a Saudi team sent "specifically for the murder", two people with knowledge of the probe said Saturday.
One Turkish official also told The Associated Press that detectives' "initial assessment" was that Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the consulate, without elaborating.
The source from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul also said that a security delegation of Saudi investigators arrived in Istanbul on Saturday based upon a request by the Saudi government, and the acceptance of the Turkish authorities. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate".
The sources did not say how the killing was thought to have been carried out.
Saudi Arabia's consul-general told Reuters earlier on Saturday that his country was helping search for Khashoggi, and dismissed talk of his possible abduction.
A former government adviser who has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen, Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since a year ago to avoid possible arrest.
Reuters journalists toured the six-storey consulate in northern Istanbul which Khashoggi entered on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. He has not been heard from since.
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In Turkey, Khashoggi's disappearance, and the allegation that his government was responsible, has sparked fears among the many political dissidents from Arab countries who have settled in the country over the past few years and previously felt secure, according to a Saudi dissident living in Istanbul.
The United States is seeking more information, a State Department official said. "And we unfortunately regret some of the statements that have been made by Turkish officials who insist that (Khashoggi is) in the consulate. without it being built on facts".
A spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party said Saturday that authorities would finally uncover Khashoggi's whereabouts. Turkish prosecutors are probing the link between their visit and Khashoggi's disappearance, he said.
"The idea of kidnapping a Saudi citizen by a diplomatic mission is something that should not be put forward in the media". It also threatened to deepen a rift between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, both regional powers that have competed for influence in the region. "Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist".
Two months later, writing about the detentions of scores of Saudi royals, senior officials and businessmen accused of corruption, he said Mohammed bin Salman dispensed "selective justice" and said there was "complete intolerance for even mild criticism" of the crown prince.
He added that "we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do".