KUALA LUMPUR: Police today confirmed that the two women, arrested over the killing of the North Korean leader’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam have held several "trial runs" prior to the assassination.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the women also knew they were handling toxic substance during the attack at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) recently.
“We strongly believe this is a planned effort and they have been trained to do what they did. (In fact) They have rehearsed repeatedly the attack at Pavillion and KLCC before they do it on the victim.
“This is not shooting an action movie,” he said in a press conference today after reports emerged claiming the suspects believed it was a prank.
Indonesian police had said one of the suspects had been duped into believing she was taking part in a TV prank show.
Khalid said that the women knew they were taking part in a poison attack.
“Yes, of course they knew,” Khalid said when a reporter asked about it.
Police have so far arrested four people in connection with the case.
Khalid said police will request for extension of remand on the two women and the North Korean man. The Malaysian man will be released on police bail.