A woman has been arrested over the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother in Malaysia, according to a Sky news report.
The suspect from Myanmar was detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – where Kim Jong-Nam was reportedly murdered while waiting to catch a flight to Macau on Monday.
Malaysian Police said she was alone at the time and holding a Vietnamese travel document.
The arrest follows the emergence of CCTV images of the suspected female assassins who are believed to have carried out the murder.
Kim Jong-Nam was reportedly assassinated by two Pyongyang agents.
The women are believed to have used poisoned needles, a poisoned spray or the 45-year-old was grabbed from behind and smothered with a poison-laced cloth.
Malaysian and South Korean media broadcast pictures of the suspects wanted in connection with the killing.
The CCTV images from outside the capital’s international airport show one of the suspects in a sweatshirt with ‘LOL’ (laugh out loud) emblazoned across the front.
The assailants are believed to have fled the scene in a taxi immediately after the attack.
Malaysian police said the suspect taken into custody was “positively identified from the CCTV footage at the airport”.
Detectives are still investigating the cause of death and a post mortem is due to take place later.
South Korea’s Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, now also the country’s acting president, said if it was confirmed the North Korean leadership was behind the murder, “that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong-Un regime”.
Sky’s Asia Correspondent Katie Stallard said: “In terms of motive, perhaps he (Kim Jong-Nam) could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong-Un’s leadership – certainly that is being suggested as one theory behind his killing.
“At this stage there is no shortage of intrigue, but very few actual facts on the ground.”