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Kim Jong Un's Half Brother Found Dead After Attack In Malaysian Airport

By February 16, 2017 at 6:17 am
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Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un was killed in an attack in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Malayasian police say that Kim Jong-nam was at the airport waiting for his flight for Macau when a woman covered Kim's face with a cloth that burned his eyes.

Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son of Kim Jong-il. He is thought to have fled North Korea after being passed over the leadership of North Korea. At the time of his killing, he was using a passport with a different name.

The attack occurred at 1:00 GMT on Monday while Kim Jong-nam was waiting for a flight at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur International. Reports differ on how the attack took place. One report states that Kim Jong-nam approached a receptionist saying someone grabbed Kim and sprayed liquid on his face. Another report says that Kim's face was covered with cloth that was laced with liquid. Kim Jong-nam's eyes were burned because of the liquid.

Meanwhile a South Korean spy agency believes that Kim Jong-nam was killed by North Korean assassins. The agency also says that there was a long standing order from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to assassinate his half brother and that there was already a failed attempt in 2012.

According to the spy agency, Kim Jong-nam was living under Beijing's protection with his second wife in Macau. They also have reports saying Kim had a wife and son in Beijing.

Kim Jong-nam was different from his more famous relatives as he constantly opposes his family's dynastic regime. It may likely be the reason for his untimely death.

In contrast, the US believes that North Korea's Kim Jong Un is not responsible for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam. Kim Jong Un ordering for the murder of his half brother will further prove the leader's reign of terror as well as his insecurities about his leadership.

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