Bust Yields North Korean Assassin's Toolbox
Camouflaged weapons include bullet-filled flashlight, poison pen
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2012 9:54 AM CST
A screen grab from CNN video of the weapons.   (CNN video)

(Newser) – North Korean assassins are taking a page from 007: CNN says it's gotten a look at a trio of deadly weapons that are nearly indistinguishable from everyday objects. There's a pen containing a poison needle whose victim would feel just a scratch. Another pen shoots poison projectiles. And a flashlight can contain as many as three bullets. Said the target of a failed assassination attempt: "You'd notice a gun, but these weapons are so innocuous—you can easily kill someone. I'd be dead immediately."

The flashlight is a "new" idea, an anonymous investigator tells the news service. "I've never seen this weapon." Authorities fired one of the bullets as a test—and it worked well. Officials found the weapons on a North Korean man known as Ahn, who was arrested en route to a planned attack on an anti-Pyongyang activist. Authorities stopped activist Park San-hak on his way to meet the would-be assassin, who had offered to fund his work. "I didn't believe they'd try and kill me on the crowded streets of Seoul," says Park, who now has police protection.

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HANKHILL
Nov 27, 2012 1:11 PM CST
i want 5 of each please!
dawnarun
Nov 26, 2012 3:52 PM CST
I hope the activist stays safe.
viva_yo
Nov 26, 2012 2:21 PM CST
The KGB has been using those for years; that's how they got to people who left the country; most notably the double agent in London whom they injected with poison several yrs. ago. There are also umbrella tips which deliver the same. They must have had a garage sale.