The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been killed in Malaysia, the Yonhap News Agency and other South Korean media outlets reported on Tuesday.
Two female assassins brandishing poison needles killed the casino-loving half-brother of North Korean despot Kim-Jong-un inside a Malaysian airport, according to a stunning new report.
Kim Jong-nam was walking through the airport in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Monday morning, when the two women made a beeline for him, plunging the “poison needles” into his body, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.
The portly 45-year-old playboy, who was the oldest son of former North Korean dictator Kim Jong il, died en-route to a local hospital, Reuters said.
The women, thought to be North Korean operatives, quickly fled the scene and were still on the lam, according to The Telegraph.
Malaysian investigators were searching for a motive in the attack, which seemed ripped from a Hollywood thriller.
Jong-nam was going to be the heir apparent to Kim Jong il until his arrest in 2001, when authorities caught him with a fake Dominican Republic passport in Tokyo’s Narita Airport. He told police that he and his family were on their way to Tokyo’s Disneyland.
After the embarrassing bust, Jong-nam became a pariah in the eyes of his powerful father and lived in exile in Macau – Asia’s center for Las Vegas-style casino gambling.
The wealthy jet-setter also spent much of his time in China, staying in luxury hotels and eating at expensive restaurants. He was often seen smiling and sporting newsboy caps with a three-day old beard.
When his dad died of natural causes in 2011, he went deeper into hiding because he feared that Kim Jong-un would see him as a threat to the nutty narcissist’s own leadership of North Korea.
Jong nam was a vocal opponent of the “hereditary transfer” of power to Jong-un, who has been the supreme leader of the so-called hermit kingdom for the past six years, according to media reports.
Rumors have swirled for years that Kim Jong-un wanted to have his half-brother killed.
In 2011, North Korean spies tried to assassinate Kim Jong-nam in Macau, a source told the Daily Mail.