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Search for Khashoggi’s Body Closes In On Remote Farm Villa

Turkish police raided a villa southeast of Istanbul early Monday as part of their search for the body of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish intelligence sources told reporters that one of the Saudi agents who made up the hit squad who carried out Khashoggi’s murder called the villa owner—who is also believed to be a Saudi national—a day before the killing. An unnamed official said Saudi agent Mansour Othman Abahussain “placed a call from his personal cellphone” to the owner of a large “farm” in a rural area southeast of Istanbul, where Khashoggi was killed. The report did not specify what was discussed during the call, The Washington Post reports. Photos of the raid showed police officers standing in front of a two-story villa. Drones and sniffer dogs were also being used in the search, Turkey’s state news agency said.