*PANIC IN NORTH KOREA:* Residents in the North Korean capital have resorted to panic-buying amid reports that controversial leader Kim Jong Un is gravely ill or dead, according to a report. Store shelves in Pyongyang were being cleaned out of everything from liquor to laundry detergent, canned fish to cigarettes in recent days - as conflicting reports continue to surface about the portly dictator’s possible demise, the Washington Post wrote Sunday.
Helicopters have also been flying low over the capital, and trains in North Korea and northern China “have been disrupted,” the outlet reported.
Speculation that Kim was gravely ill or dead was fueled by his notable absence from a highly touted celebration of the republic’s 88th anniversary - and subsequent reports over the weekend that the leader’s train had been at a standstill for days.
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