Assassination of Kim Jong Nam was a 5-second chemical attack

By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author   |   Feb. 16, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The fatal poisoning of the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un took about 5 seconds at a Malaysian airport, a Malaysian newspaper reported Thursday.

Two women captured on airport surveillance footage taken Monday attacked Kim Jong Nam, who was 45, at a self check-in counter, The New Straits Times reported.

While one woman distracted him, the second restrained him and sprayed him in the face with a deadly chemical.

One suspect, who was found carrying a Vietnamese passport, is in Malaysia custody. The other, identified as an Indonesian national, was recently arrested.

The Malaysian government has decided to return Kim Jong Nam's body to Pyongyang at North Korea's request, despite concerns that North Korea may have been behind the assassination, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

Japanese news service Jiji Press reported there is evidence the two women and four men were hired by the Kim Jong Un regime.

But the woman accused of distracting Kim Jong Nam told police she did not know she was being hired to commit an assassination, Jiji reported.

"Four men who I met at the airport said 'Let's play a prank on the passengers,'" said the Indonesian suspect, who was identified as Siti Aishah.

The poison that was most likely sprayed on Kim Jong Nam's face may have been VX, a deadly chemical that can be used as a nerve agent, according to Japanese television network NHK.

VX is a tasteless and odorless liquid that is 100 times more deadly than the nerve gas sarin.

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