Questions continue to surround the mysterious assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but the investigation is progressing as more details are coming in from Malaysian police officials, as well as official comments from South Korean and U.S. governments.
A female suspect has been arrested in Malaysia in connection to the mysterious death of Kim Jong-nam who was attacked at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday.
Malaysian police arrested the female suspect based from the CCTV footage taken at the airport where she was identified. The woman was holding a Vietnamese travel document under the name Doan Thi Huong, aged 28. The woman's travel documents also showed her birthplace to be Nam Dinh, Vietnam. She was alone when she was caught by the police.
Earlier reports said that two women believed to be North Korean spies attacked Kim with poisonous needles. Malaysian police said they are still looking for few other suspects, all of them foreigner.
South Korean and Malaysian media have broadcast and published a grainy image of the woman suspect wearing a white shirt with the letters "LOL" written in front.
Malaysia has yet to confirm that the dead man is Kim Jong-nam as he was traveling using a different name, Kim Chol, with a birth date that indicates he was 46. South Korean officials, however, said they were certain that the dead man is Kim Jong-nam based from the reports of their spy agency. South Korean intelligence strongly believes Kim was a victim of poisonous attack. U.S. government sources also corroborated South Korea's claim that North Korean assassins were behind the killing of Kim Jong-nam.
North Korea has not commented on the death, and their media have not reported about the incident. Officials from the country's Malaysian embassy have been reportedly visiting the hospital in Kuala Lumpur where the body of Kim was taken.
Kim had been at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport to catch a flight to Macau. There are still varying accounts as to how exactly Kim was attacked, but a Malaysian officer said someone grabbed or held his face from behind. Kim was said to have felt dizzy shortly after the incident and sought the help of information desk. They later took him to the hospital where he expired.
There are other accounts that said Kim was splashed with a chemical or had a cloth placed over his face. There were also earlier reports of a needle being used.
Kim Jong-nam has spoken publicly in the past against his family's dynastic rule in rogue state North Korea. He was said to have fallen out of favor from his family after he was involved in a controversy when he tried to enter Japan using a fake passport.
If confirmed that North Korea indeed ordered Kim Jong-nam's assassination, it will mark the most high-profile death instigated by the North Korean government since Kim Jong-un's uncle, Chang Song-thaek was ordered executed in 2013.