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Jong Nam’s social media posts likely led assassins to him

 | February 25, 2017

Source says the North Korean was very active on social media.


KUALA LUMPUR: North Korean Kim Jong Nam likely gave away his whereabouts through his social media postings, a source close to the case of his assassination says.

In a report in The Star Online, the source said, “Social media might be one of the tools used to track him down due to his active use of the platform.”

The source also said the killing most likely took months to plan and execute as it was swift, elaborate and precise, with those involved knowing what to do and how to walk away calmly from the scene of the crime.

Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on the morning of Feb 13. He was waiting to board a flight to Macau from klia2 when he was attacked by two women.

In the incident, Jong Nam was approached by two women, one who sprayed a poison-laced liquid at him while another covered his face with a piece of cloth. Despite seeking help from customer service personnel at the airport, Jong Nam died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital.

Speaking about the two female assassins, the source said it is believed both had an exit plan to escape to a neighbouring country.

“They might have waited a few days to do so but their plan backfired when police nailed them before they could run away,” the source told The Star Online.

The English daily also spoke to Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar who said, “We believe they had planned it for quite some time.”

Khalid cautioned however that it was still “too premature” to make conclusions about the assassination and raised the possibility that some Malaysians were involved as well.

For now, police are still on the lookout for three North Korean men to assist in the investigation.

They are North Korean Embassy Second Secretary Hyon Kwang-song, 44, who arrived in Malaysia on Sept 20 last year; Air Koryo employee Kim Uk-il, 37, who arrived on Jan 29; and Ri Ji-u, 30, also known as James.

“We believe he is still in the country,” Khalid said of Ri.


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