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Police cannot confirm dead N. Korean is Kim Jong-un’s half-brother

The Star Online logo The Star Online 14/2/2017 FARIK ZOLKEPLI

PETALING JAYA: A North Korean man died at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Monday but his identity is still unknown, says police, amid reports that it was Kim Jong-nam (pic), the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Bukit Aman Special Branch director Comm Datuk Seri Mohamed Fuzi Harun confirmed the death of a North Korean man, but said police are still trying to verify his identity.

“We are still investigating the identity of the deceased and whether he is indeed the half-brother of Kim Jong-un.

“We received a report that a North-Korean man died at the airport on Monday,” he said when contacted.

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It is learnt that the deceased received treatment at the KLIA clinic but was later referred to a nearby hospital. The cause of death is still unknown.

Citing South Korean media and multiple government sources, Reuters earlier reported that Kim Jong-nam has been killed in Malaysia.

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