The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been reportedly assassinated in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police said Kim Jong-nam collapsed suddenly at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – KLIA – he died en-route to hospital.
Police official Fadzil Ahmat said the cause of death was not yet known, and a post-mortem would be carried out on the body.
According to the official, Kim Jong-nam had been planning to travel to Macau on Monday when he fell ill at the airport’s low-cost terminal. “He felt dizzy, so he asked for help at the counter of KLIA.”
Kim Jong-nam was taken to an airport clinic where he still felt unwell, and it was decided to take him to hospital ::::
Kim Jong-nam died in the ambulance on the way to Putrajaya Hospital, Mr Fadzil added.
Kim Jong-nam reportedly died of poisoning but there is no official confirmation
Malaysian police say the dead man had passport under name of Kim Chol
South Korean media says Malaysian police are seeking two North Korean female operatives
South Korean media reports said Kim Jong-nam was poisoned, allegedly by two female North Korean operatives.
In a statement, Malaysian police said the dead man, aged 46, held a passport under the name Kim Chol — Kim Jong-nam has been caught in the past using forged travel documents.
Kim Jong-nam is the eldest son of former North Korean leader, the late Kim Jong-il, who was also the father of the current leader.
He reportedly fell out of favour with his family in North Korea after being caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport in 2001, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland — he has been living in recent years in Macau.
The death came as North Korea celebrated its latest missile launch, which foreign experts were analysing for evidence of advancement in the country’s missile capabilities.