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Source: North Korean leader’s half brother dead

Yomiuri Shimbun file photo

A man claiming to be Kim Jong Nam is seen in Macao in 2007.

By Munenori Inoue / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentSEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam died Monday morning in Malaysia, a South Korean source told The Yomiuri Shimbun on Tuesday.

He may have been assassinated, according to the source.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that Kim Jong Nam had been killed.

Cable TV broadcaster TV Chosun quoted South Korean government sources as saying that Kim Jong Nam was poisoned to death at Kuala Lumpur airport by two women. The women fled the scene in a taxi.

An informed source knowledgeable of North Korea told The Yomiuri Shimbun, “It was confirmed that he [Kim Jong Nam] has been killed.”

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