The assassination of Kim Jong -un's uncle a few years ago is still fresh in the memory of global watchers, but in a shocking revelation only a few hours ago, South Korean media reported that Kim Jong-un's brother has been assassinated in Malaysia.
Kim Jong-nam was reportedly murdered at the Kuala Lumpur airport after being mysteriously attacked by two women with "poisoned needles". The two women are believed to be North Korean agents. They escaped in a taxi and remain at large.
Details to the assassination have yet to be released, especially on how exactly the two women were able to carry out the killing in such a public place, or how they were able to get close to Kim Jong-nam. It was also not revealed whether the brother of the North Korean leader was traveling with security, and how the two women were able to get past his security, if ever. There are still no reports as to whether the women's faces were captured by CCTV cameras at the Malaysian airport.
Kim went into hiding in Malaysia after his uncle's assassination in December 2013, Jang Song-thaek. The assassination of the once-powerful Jang was widely believed to have been ordered by the current leader of the rogue state Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-nam had spoken publicly several times against his family's dynastic control of North Korea. He is the eldest son of Kim Jong-il and he had survived a previous assassination attempt in Macau in 2011.
Kim Jong-nam was once considered as heir apparent, but fell out of favor from his family when he got involved in a controversy while trying to enter Japan on a forged passport.
Both North and South Korea have yet to officially comment on the murder. If confirmed, Kim Jong-nam's killing will mark the most high profile assassination under his controversial brother's regime.