The Assassination of North Korea’s Kim Jong-nam
South Korea’s TV Chosun reported that Kim had been poisoned with a needle by two women believed to be North Korean operatives. They fled in a taxi and are currently at large, according to the outlet, which cited multiple South Korean government sources.
It was later confirmed that the man was Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un’s older half brother.
Police official Fadzil Ahmat said the cause of death has not yet been determined, but that a post-mortem will be carried out on the body.
“So far there are no suspects, but we have started investigations and are looking at a few possibilities to get leads,” Fadzil told Reuters.
He said that Kim had been planning to travel to Macau on Monday, but fell ill at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
“The deceased…felt like someone grabbed or held his face from behind,” Fadzil said. “He felt dizzy, so he asked for help at the…counter of KLIA.” A witness at the airport also stated that someone had grabbed Kim’s face, according to Fadzil.
Kim was taken to an airport clinic, and transported to an ambulance. He died en route to Putrajaya Hospital.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm the reports, and the country’s intelligence agency could not be reached for comment by Reuters.