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Five North Koreans involved in killing, say Malaysian police

Malaysian police said yesterday they believe five North Koreans were involved in the murder of the half-brother of leader Mr Kim Jong Un, with four having fled the country on the day of the killing.

Seoul said the announcement proved Pyongyang was behind the murder of Kim Jong Nam, who died after being squirted in the face with an unidentified liquid at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Monday.

Four North Korean men were being sought over the killing, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim told a press conference, in addition to their 46-year old compatriot Ri Jong Chol, who was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night.

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Suspects Ri Ji Hyon, O Jong Gil, Ri Jae Nam and Hong Song Sac, aged between 33 and 57, entered Malaysia this month or late last month, the police chief said.

Officers have arrested one North Korean, an Indonesian woman and her Malaysian boyfriend, as well as a Vietnamese woman.

"Considering that five suspects are North Korean nationals, we view that the North Korean government is behind the incident," Seoul's unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon Hee said immediately after yesterday's announcement. - AFP

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