Eerie photos show the charred remains of the town of Balmoral which burned to the ground last week after firefighters ran out of water

Eerie photos show the charred remains of the town of Balmoral which burned to the ground last week after firefighters ran out of water, but angry locals have rejected the Premier’s claims the town was ‘wiped off the map’.

The aftermath of the devastation in the New South Wales Southern Highlands town can be seen in harrowing pictures showing a burnt out car covered in ash, a charred railway line and the rubble of destroyed homes.

The murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, triggered Saudi Arabia’s biggest diplomatic crisis since the 9/11 attacks as world leaders and business executives sought to distance themselves from Riyadh.

The CIA concluded that Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, ordered Khashoggi’s assassination, according to a report by the Washington Post. The crown prince denies any involvement, but told US TV in September that he took “full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia”.

The public prosecutor said Saud al-Qahtani, a high-profile Saudi royal adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was investigated but not charged and was released. The former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was also released by the Saudi authorities for “insufficient evidence”.

“It would have made it more difficult to do my job if I would have come to the house. Out of sight out of mind. We had jobs to do, so I came back in the morning. That made me cry. I loved the house, but you have got to go and do what you’ve got to do.”

“The day before I had actually built myself a small kiln down the back — a coffin-sized kiln — just big enough for me to crawl inside,” he recalled, while fighting back tears.

“This was like a holocaust — this was catastrophic. You can see when you look around, there is just nothing left,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.