Malaysia arrests female 'assassin'

Left: This screengrab from a closed-circuit television camera at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 is believed to be of one of the two female suspects behind the murder of Mr Kim (far left).
This screengrab from a closed-circuit television camera at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 is believed to be of one of the two female suspects behind the murder of Mr Kim (above).PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE
Left: This screengrab from a closed-circuit television camera at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 is believed to be of one of the two female suspects behind the murder of Mr Kim (far left).
This screengrab from a closed-circuit television camera at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 is believed to be of one of the two female suspects behind the murder of Mr Kim

A woman carrying a Vietnamese passport has been nabbed as Malaysia scrambles to put together the assassination puzzle of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

FIRST ARREST: WOMAN, 28

A 28-year-old woman carrying a Vietnamese passport was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 yesterday. She is believed to have been there to catch a flight back to Vietnam, according to police.

WOMAN IN 'LOL' TOP

A closed-circuit television camera image circulating online shows a woman in a white top with "LOL" on the front. She is believed to be one of the two female suspects behind Mr Kim Jong Nam's murder on Monday.

OTHER SUSPECTS SOUGHT

Police are looking for four men and one woman. A cabby who picked up the two women outside the airport on Monday is helping with police investigations.

BODY WANTED BY NORTH KOREA

North Korea wants to claim Mr Kim's body, but some say it should be handed to his family in Macau.

CHINA MONITORING CASE

China, said to have been protecting Mr Kim, said it is monitoring the case closely.

IS KIM'S SON NEXT ON HIT LIST?

Mr Kim's murder raises questions over whether his son Han Sol may also be on North Korea's "kill list".

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