March 10, 2017 / 9:16 AM / 2 years ago

Malaysia police chief confirms man killed at airport was Kim Jong Nam

Malaysia's Royal Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a news conference regarding the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, at the Malaysian police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s police chief confirmed on Friday that the man murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last month was Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It was the first time the police had officially confirmed the identity of the man who was carrying a passport under the name of Kim Chol.

Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar did not give details on how the body was identified.

Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Nick Macfie

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