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Kim Jong Nam Assassins: Three Suspects Arrested

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This combination of file photos shows Kim Jong Nam, left, exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan, on May 4, 2001, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on May 9, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photos/Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E, File)

By    |   Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 10:54 AM

More arrests have been made in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

An Indonesian woman and her alleged boyfriend were arrested on Thursday, as police believe they had involvement in Kim Jong Nam’s murder, which took place in Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday, according to The Guardian.

According to the Malaysian inspector general, the female suspect is Siti Aishah from Serang, Indonesia. Police say the other suspect, a Malaysian man, gave authorities information that led to Aishah’s arrest.

Kim was reportedly poisoned before boarding a flight in Macau early Monday, The Guardian noted.

According to the New Straits Times, he was in a crowd by the airport’s self-check-in counter when the attack occurred.

One of the attackers was apparently standing in front of Kim when another came from behind him and put him in a chokehold, forcing poison into his system.

Kim appeared to be fine at first, as he started to head toward the bathroom. However, shortly after that, he became ill and went to the information counter for help.

He was then rushed to the hospital, but died on his way there.

“We have reason to believe that this might be the work of foreign agents,” Federal Police Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun told the New Straits Times.

Aishah was reportedly picked up on CCTV footage after the incident trying to flee the scene. She rushed to the taxi stand outside of the airport.

“She merely handed over to the counter a card showing where she had wanted to go,” according to someone working the taxi counter, the New Straits Times noted.

“There was nothing really off about her,” the person said.

The recent arrests were the second and third arrests made involving the murder of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his half-brother's regime.

The first suspect to be taken into custody has been identified as Doan Thi Hong from Nam Dinh, Vietnam, according to Reuters.

Officials in South Korea and the United States said they believe North Korea is responsible for the assassination. A source with ties to North Korean and Chinese governments told Reuters that North Korea had no motive to kill Kim Jong Nam and that North Korea has requested that his body be returned.

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