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Media: North Korean leader’s half-brother murdered in Malaysia

February 14, 16:08 UTC+3 SEOUL
South Korea’s Chosun TV channel reported that Kim Jong-nam was killed on Monday when two unidentified women attacked him with "poisoned needles"
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Kim Jong-nam

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SEOUL, February 14. /TASS/. Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been killed at Malaysia’s airport, Yonhap reported on Tuesday citing a government source.

South Korea’s Chosun TV channel reported that Kim Jong-nam was killed on Monday when two unidentified women attacked him with "poisoned needles." According to the report, the suspects fled the scene.

Kim Jong-nam is the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. His mother was famous North Korean actress Song Hye Rim. He was widely considered to be the heir of his father, but later fell out of favor. Kim Jong-nam has been living abroad for many years, namely in Macau.

Malaysia’s police have not confirmed the death of Kim Jong-nam, Reuters reported. A Malaysian police spokesman said a North Korean citizen had been taken to a hospital by ambulance but he died while on the way. His body is being identified.

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