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Second arrest linked to the murder of Kim Jong Nam

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 01:19

Malaysia has detained a second woman suspected in the apparent assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to the state news agency Bernama. Samanatha Vadas reports.

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The first suspect in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam. The woman detained at Kuala Lumpur airport Wednesday (February 15) identified from CCTV footage wearing a white t-shirt with the letters "LOL" printed across the front. Malaysian police say she was carrying documents in the name of Doan Thi Huong, showing she was born in Nam Dinh Vietnam in May 1988. According to local media, a second woman was detained Thursday (February 16). Sources tell Reuters North Korean officials tried to talk Malaysia out of doing an autopsy on Kim, though authorities refused. His body was taken to a morgue in Kuala Lumpur, though it's unknown whether it will eventually be handed over to Pyonyang. Kim had long suspected he could be the target of an assassination attempt. South Korean officials say he pleaded with his half brother Kim Jong Un in 2012 to spare his life, apparently penning a letter to his younger sibling saying "We have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. We are well aware that the only way to escape is suicide." So far there's no mention of Kim's death in North Korean media, which on Thursday was squarely fixed on reporting the 75th birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong Il.

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Second arrest linked to the murder of Kim Jong Nam

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 01:19