One of the suspects in the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother has been arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), local police have said.
According to a report by The Star, the woman was detained by police in front of the airport at about 9am local time on Wednesday. She was carrying a Vietnamese passport, and it is believed that she had returned to the airport to catch a flight back to Vietnam.
CCTV footage of the wanted suspect emerged shortly after the attack as she exited the airport and boarded a taxi while fleeing the scene.
When asked if the arrested woman was the person in the footage, Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said, “It is her.”
“We recognised her from the footage and picked her up. We are holding her in the Selangor police headquarters for questioning.
“Yes, we believe she was involved in the incident on Monday,” he said.
Diplomats from both North Korea and Vietnam are helping with the investigation to ascertain if the woman in their custody is truly of Vietnamese origin.
Kim Jong Nam was assassinated at KLIA’s budget airline terminal early on Monday after it is alleged two female assassins poisoned him.
Jong Nam, who was travelling alone at about 9am local time on Monday complained to airport staff that he felt ‘dizzy’ after an unknown person swabbed his face with an unknown object.
Both U.S. and South Korean sources believe the assassination to be the work of the North Korean regime.
According to police, more suspects are being sought in connection with Jong Nam’s death. Besides the other female accomplice that has been implicated, police are also seeking four men.
Local media source Bernama has reported that the detained woman is in fact from Myanmar, however this report has not been verified.
A number of foreign media reports have also claimed that the female assassin duo may also be dead.
As reported by the New Straits Times, ABC News’ Seoul bureau chief Joohee Cho tweeted this afternoon that Malaysian police have reportedly found the bodies of the two North Korean women.
A similar tweet by Bloomberg business journalist Sam Kim read “It gets crazier: 2 women suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam may have died, Yonhap reports, citing a Japanese official”.
Police, however, have not confirmed the reports of the assassins’ death.
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