Malaysian police have arrested a second woman in connection with the recent killing of North Korea’s exiled half-brother in Malaysia.
The inspector-general of Malaysian police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, announced the detention of the second woman to Malaysia’s Bernama news agency on Thursday. He said an official statement would be issued later on the day.
The first woman, a 29-year-old carrying a Vietnamese passport, had been arrested on Wednesday in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The 46-year-old Jong-nam was attacked by two female assailants as he was walking through the departure hall at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, South Korea’s intelligence chief Lee Byung-ho said.
Both women were reportedly identified using CCTV footage at the airport.
Jong-nam had been spending many years in exile in Macau, a Chinese city. He was readying to board a plane to Macau when he was attacked.
An anonymous Malaysian police source told media, “One of the girls was told to hold a handkerchief on the face of the victim after he’d been sprayed by the other girl.”
The police source said that there were also four male suspects.
The first female suspect is due to appear in a Kuala Lumpur court on Thursday.