Suspects of Kim Jong Nam's poisoning coated their hands with toxin, wiped them on his face - Police

Suspects of Kim Jong Nam's poisoning coated their hands with toxin, wiped them on his face - PoliceThe women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

This is reported by Associated Press.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that authorities are searching for two new North Korean suspects, including the second secretary of North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur and an employee of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo.

He said North Korean suspects placed toxic liquid onto the hands of the women, who then wiped it over the face of Kim Jong Nam, the long-estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler, in a departure area of Kuala Lumpur's budget airport on Feb. 13. The substance used remains unknown, but it was potent enough to kill Kim before he could even make it to the hospital.

Khalid said the women knew they were handling poisonous materials during the attack, and that they had been instructed to wash their hands. He said surveillance video footage showed both walking away from Kim with their hands away from their bodies.

He said the women had practised the attack at two Kuala Lumpur malls.

"We strongly believe it is a planned thing and that they have been trained to do that," he told reporters.

Khalid couldn't confirm whether North Korea's government was behind Kim's death but added, "What is clear is that those involved are North Koreans."
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