A police manhunt was underway in Malaysia on Tuesday night after the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was assassinated at an airport having apparently been attacked with a chemical spray.
Unnamed South Korean government officials had earlier stated that two female North Korean agents stabbed Kim Jong-nam with a “poisoned needle”. According to the reports, the attackers then fled the airport by taxi and remain at large.
Mr Kim, who had frequently spoken out against his brother’s dictatorship, said he was in “extreme pain” having been sprayed in the face with an unidentified liquid as he waited to board a flight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian police said.
It is believed that Kim Jong-un, who is Mr Kim’s younger half-brother and the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, had the playboy killed as he feared he might attempt to overthrow him.
Mr Kim collapsed on Monday morning while waiting to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur back to Macau, where he was living in exlie.
“Kim Jong-nam told KLIA staff that his face was feeling extremely painful because of an unidentified liquid sprayed at him. He was then taken for treatment at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur international airport) Clinic,” Abdul Samah Mat, a Malaysian police chief, told The Daily Telegraph.
The results of a post-mortem into the 46-year-old’s death are expected on Wednesday. Police are also investigating airport CCTV footage to try and identify the assailants and have ordered a toxicology test on the liquid used in the attack.
“He was taken to the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) clinic for further treatment, but because of the condition he was in, he was rushed to Putrajaya hospital, but passed away soon after arriving,” Mohmad Salleh, a Malaysian police chief, told the Telegraph.
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