IMAGES of the suspected assassins believed to have killed Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, began circulating online and on several news outlets on Wednesday, a day after the victim was reportedly set upon by two female spies at the airport in Malaysia.
A zoomed image, taken from CCTV footage, of one of the alleged killers appears to show a middle-aged woman of Asian descent wearing a shirt bearing the word “LOL” in large letters, The Star reported.
The woman who was among two killers apparently caught by CCTV cameras at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, was also seen wearing a blue short skirt and carrying a small shoulder-sling handbag.
The Malaysian media have now dubbed the suspect ‘Ms Poison’.
South Korea’s TV Chosun, a cable-TV network, reported that Jong Nam had been poisoned with a needle by two women believed to be North Korean operatives who fled in a taxi and were at large, citing multiple South Korean government sources.
The U.S. government sources also believed it was possible that Kim Jong Nam had been poisoned, stating that it could not be ruled out that assassins used some kind of “poison pen” device.
According to the New Straits Times, Police said shortly before his death on Monday Jong Nam was due to board a 10am flight to Macau.
Jong Nam, who was travelling alone at about 9am local time on Monday complained to airport staff that he felt ‘dizzy’ after an unknown person swabbed his face with an unknown object.
Fadzil Ahmat, a Malaysian police chief, corroborated this account saying:
“He told them that someone had swabbed or wiped his face with something, and that he was feeling dizzy. “The receptionist assisted in bringing him to a clinic at the airport. The clinic staff, after assessing his condition, sought the assistance of the nearby Putrajaya Hospital.”
Fadzil added, Jong Nam was rushed to a nearby hospital but died on the way there.
After the attack, surveillance footage showed the two women proceeding to a taxi stand where they boarded an airport cab and left the scene.
Police have detained the cab driver for questioning, according to MalaysiaKini and as reported by Oriental Daily.
“After reviewing the airport’s CCTV footage, police arrested the taxi driver,” a police source was quoted as saying.
Following the arrest, the taxi driver had told police that the women identified themselves as Vietnamese.
In another account of the incident, the police source also explained how Jong Nam was attacked.
“At that time, Kim was at the airport lobby and was preparing to enter the departure hall when two women suddenly approached him.
“One sprayed the poison on him and another then used a handkerchief to cover his face for around 10 seconds,” he added.
Although the type of poison used on the victim had yet to be made known, the source said it was “more potent than cyanide”.
The exact method of poisoning is yet to be determined.
Additional reporting by Reuters