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Saudis Confess Khashoggi Was Killed, Claim He ‘Died in Fight’

Saudi officials have confirmed the death of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

CNN’s Clarissa Ward talked about the major news, which was broken in the middle of the night in Saudi Arabia, on the air on CNN early Friday evening.

According to her report, the Saudis are claiming it was a violent altercation that led to his death.

“We’re also learning that apparently according to the prosecutor general, it was a fistfight that led to the death of Jamal Khashoggi,” she said. “You may remember the details that we had heard up until this point from Turkish officials who were responding to the tape, the alleged audio that exists of this whole thing. They said there was some kind of an interrogation, some kind of a struggle that then led to Jamal Khashoggi’s death.”

She added: “Not exactly clear yet how a fistfight could result in the death of a journalist.”

Ward also stressed that the announcement was remarkable.

“This is a significant moment,” she stressed. “We have not seen anything quite like this from the kingdom, certainly any time that I can remember.”

Update 6:49 pm: CNN’s Ward is reporting that Saudi officials have changed their translation are now saying it was a chokehold that happened during an altercation during the interrogation that led to Khashoggi’s death.

Watch above, via CNN.

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