Beijing police have arrested several North Koreans who were allegedly in China to murder the nephew of Kim Jong-un.
Citing South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, Bloomberg reports that two North Korean agents were arrested over a plot to kill 22-year-old Kim Han-sol, whose father, Kim Jong Nam, was infamously assassinated earlier this year.
The agents are reportedly being interrogated in special facilities outside of Beijing. They were accompanied by five other North Koreans, however, it’s not clear if they have been arrested as well
The sensational assassination of Kim Jong Nam in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by a woman wearing a shirt with “LOL” written across the front captured headlines around the globe this February. The estranged half-brother of the North Korean dictator and his family were assumed to be under Chinese protection, living in Macau since the early 2000s.
Following Kim Jong Nam’s assassination, his family was reportedly placed under police protection in Macau. In March, Kim Han-sol uploaded a video of himself to YouTube which included a statement that his family had been “moved to safety.”
Kim Han-sol grew up with his father, mother and sister in Macau where he reportedly lived a “very normal life” going to international schools in the city. He recently graduated from France’s prestigious Sciences-Po university and has been admitted into Oxford University for graduate school.
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