Woman arrested in killing of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother reportedly thought she was pranking him for a TV show

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The Indonesian woman arrested in the killing of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother may have been duped into carrying out the attack, according to Associated Press.

In an extraordinary twist in the story of Kim Jong-nam’s death, the woman, Siti Aisyah, is reportedly saying she was being filmed for a “Just for Laughs”-style hidden-camera TV show when the attack took place.

The Indonesian police said Aisyah and others were paid to spray unsuspecting male strangers with water. The police said that she approached Kim for the prank but that her spraying device was loaded with a toxic substance.

“Such an action was done three or four times and they were given a few dollars for it, and with the last target, Kim Jong-nam, allegedly there were dangerous materials in the sprayer,” Indonesia’s national police chief, Tito Karnavian, told reporters, according to the AP. “She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents.”

Aisyah is said to have protested her innocence to Malaysian authorities about the assassination, which took place at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Tuesday.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Aisyah was a “victim,” pointing out that a true assassin would have disappeared without a trace. “Why would she go and stay in a hotel in the same city, so close to the airport?” he reportedly told the Indonesian press. “It can only mean that she was a victim and manipulated in this situation.”

The Malaysian police are questioning three suspects: Aisyah, another woman who carried a Vietnamese passport, and a man they said was Aisyah’s boyfriend.

South Korea has been quick to accuse North Korea of dispatching a hit squad to kill Kim at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, saying two female assassins poisoned him and then fled in a taxi.

North Korean diplomats in Malaysia have requested custody of Kim’s body, according to the AP. They have rejected the conclusions of the autopsy carried out by Malaysian officials earlier this week.