Surveillance footage showing the moment when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was assassinated at a Malaysian airport has finally been released, depicting the intriguing movie-style incident in all its morbid glory.
The video, which was filmed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and released by authorities, features a woman in casual garb approaching Kim Jong-nam from behind and grabbing him in a quick embrace as another female accomplice sprays a deadly substance in his face.
Shortly thereafter, Jong-nam was witnessed describing the bizarre incident to security guards who then rush him to the airport’s medical clinic – only for the well-connected North Korean exile to die just minutes later.
Now, Malaysian police have launched a manhunt to uncover the identities of a suspect North Korean hit squad that was sent to snuff out Jong-nam, who was banished from his authoritarian homeland after he emerged as a vocal critic of his family’s regime.
So far, 47-year-old chemistry expert Ri Jong-chol and three others – including two women from Vietnam and Indonesia – have been arrested in relation to the incident. Yet another four North Koreans who flew out of Kuala Lumpur on the same day of Jong-nam’s assassination are suspected of being involved in the plot.