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Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Assassinated by Women with Poison Needles, Reports Say

If confirmed as an assassination, it would be the highest-profile killing of a North Korean since Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Thaek was executed in late 2013.
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The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, according to South Korean security sources.

Reuters reports that Kim Jong Nam was attacked Monday in Kuala Lumpur airport and died on his way to hospital. South Korean government sources speaking to the news agency confirmed Nam's death, though they could not confirm reports elsewhere that the attack was carried out by two women using poisoned needles.

Selangor state chief police officer Abdul Samah Mat told the Malay newspaper Berita Harian it was highly likely that Kim was poisoned by a woman: "Based on initial investigations, we saw a woman with Korean features approach the man and suddenly covered him with a cloth." He added that the woman later fled with a female companion.

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