CCTV footage has emerged of what is allegedly the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother, Kim Jong-nam.
The video, released by Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV on Monday, reportedly shows two women attacking Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport moments before he died.
One woman can be seen approaching him from behind as she reaches over him with both hands before walking away. It’s believed she wiped a fast-acting poison on his face.
Malaysian police said Kim complained to the airport’s customer service desk that two women had ‘wiped his face with a liquid and that he felt dizzy’, Sky News reports.
He died last Monday shortly after the attack in the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where he was waiting to take a flight to Macau. Footage shows him inside the airport’s clinic seeking medical assistance before his death.
Four suspects have since been detained – an Indonesian woman, a Vietnamese woman, a Malaysian man, and North Korean man. Officials are currently hunting for four other North Koreans who fled the country on the day of the attack.
At least three of the wanted North Koreans flew from Jakarta to Dubai on an Emirates flight on the same day, an Indonesian immigration office official said.
South Korea has accused Pyongyang of ordering the assassination, with Seoul saying the killing was ordered by Kim Jong-Un some time ago.
The murder has caused somewhat of a diplomatic spat between Malaysia and North Korea, with the Southeast Asian country refusing Pyongyang’s demand for Kim’s body to be returned to North Korea until it’s identified through a DNA sample from a family member.
North Korean ambassador Kang Chol claimed Malaysia may be ‘trying to conceal something’ and that an autopsy was carried out ‘unilaterally and excluding our attendance’. Pyongyang has also accused the country of ‘colluding with outside forces’ – believed to be a veiled reference to South Korea.
On Monday, Malaysia summoned North Korea’s ambassador over allegations he had made over the country’s handling of the investigation.
So far, no family member has come forward to identify Kim Jong-nam, and a cause of death has still not been established.