North Korea

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un’s Brother Killed in Malaysia

2/16/17
from The Wall Street Journal,
2/14/17:

Onetime heir-apparent Kim Jong Nam dies after mysterious attack at Kuala Lumpur airport.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam was killed under mysterious circumstances in Malaysia, police said, eliminating a reform-minded member of the dynasty who was once considered next in line to rule the isolated country. Kim Jong Nam was apparently attacked on Monday in the departures area of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, where he was boarding a flight to Macau, said the state police chief, Abdul Samah Mat. It was unclear who was behind the attack. “His head was wrapped in cloth believed to contain some kind of a liquid,” Mr. Abdul Samah said. He said an unidentified woman was reported to be near Kim Jong Nam at the time of the incident, and that the woman’s whereabouts weren’t known. The victim was pronounced dead en route to a nearby hospital, and an investigation and autopsy were under way, police officials said.

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