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Suspect arrested over death of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother

A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Malaysian police said.

She was detained Wednesday at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 carrying a Vietnamese travel document.

Earlier, South Korea’s intelligence committee said two Asian women were suspected of murdering Kim Jong Nam, who died soon after being attacked at the same airport.

Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy on his body.

Kim is believed to have been poisoned, South Korea’s National Assembly Intelligence Committee Chairman Lee Cheol Woo told a press briefing Wednesday.

Lee did not say how Kim was poisoned or how South Korea obtained the information. According to CNN’s Will Ripley, who is in Pyongyang, Kim’s death has not been publicized in North Korea and is unlikely to be, given political sensitivities.

Kim was boarding a flight to the island of Macau, a Chinese territory, to visit his family when he was attacked, Lee said.

TV screens show pictures of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Kim went to the counter at KLIA asking for help, the Royal Malaysian Police said in a statement.
A Malaysian official told CNN that the man was then taken to an airport clinic, which decided to send him to the hospital. He died en route.

“The deceased … felt like someone grabbed or held his face from behind,” Selangor State Criminal Investigations Department Chief Fadzil Ahmat told Reuters.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday it was working with Malaysian authorities, while the country’s acting President and Prime Minister discussed the death at a National Security Council meeting.

The North Korean embassy in Malaysia said they had no information about Kim’s death when contacted by CNN, but a car with a North Korean flag on it was seen entering the hospital mortuary where Kim’s body is believed to be.


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