North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother slain in Kuala Lumpur
SEOUL, South Korea — The older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was assassinated Monday at Kuala Lumpur airport, telling medical workers before he died that he had been attacked by a chemical spray, a Malaysian official told The Associated Press.
Kim Jong Nam, 46, was attacked in the airport shopping area while waiting for a flight to Macau, the official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. South Korean media, quoting government sources in Seoul, said the assailants were two women who escaped.
Kim was pronounced dead en route to a hospital, the reports said. South Korean media reports said the assailants were believed to be North Korean agents.
The reported death came ahead of planned birthday celebrations Thursday for the country’s late ruler Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong Nam and his younger brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, share the same father but different mothers. Kim Jong Nam.s mother was an actress who was not married to his father.
Kim Jong Nam was long considered the heir apparent but was believed to have fallen out of favor with his father after he was caught in 2001 trying to enter Japan on a false passport, telling Japanese police he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
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