The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been killed at an airport in Malaysia, in what is believed to have been an assassination.
The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been killed in Malaysia, a South Korean government source told Reuters on Tuesday.
Kim Jong-Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state.
He was believed to be in his mid-40s.
Police in Malaysia told Reuters on Tuesday an unidentified North Korean man had died en route to hospital from Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday. Abdul Aziz Ali, police chief for the Sepang district, said the man’s identity had not been verified.
An employee in the emergency ward of Putrajaya hospital said a deceased Korean there was born in 1970 and surnamed Kim.
South Korea’s TV Chosun, a cable television network, said that Kim was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport by two women believed to be North Korean operatives, who were at large, citing multiple South Korean government sources.