Kim Jong-nam murder: Malaysia hunts for four North Korean suspects

Image copyright AP Image caption Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean leader's half-brother, was killed by unknown assailants in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian police say they are looking for four more North Korean suspects in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam.

The men are said to have left Malaysia last Monday, the day the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Four other people have already been detained.

Police believe poison was sprayed into Mr Kim's face as he waited to board a flight to Macau.

Deputy national police chief Noor Rashid Ismail identified the North Korean suspects in a press conference on Sunday.

"The four suspects are holding normal passports, not diplomatic passports," he said.

The four already in custody are an Indonesian woman, a Malaysian man, a woman with a Vietnamese passport and a North Korean.

The Indonesian national, named as Siti Aisyah, is said to have told Malaysian police she had been paid to perform what she thought was a prank.

Image copyright REX/Shutterstock Image caption This CCTV image has been broadcast by South Korean and Malaysian media

Kim is believed to have been attacked in the airport departure hall on Monday by two women, using some form of chemical.

A grainy image taken from security camera footage, which has been broadcast in South Korea and Malaysia, shows a woman wearing a white T-shirt with the letters "LOL" written on the front.

Despite widespread speculation that North Korea was behind the killing, there has been no proof. Pyongyang has made no public comments on the issue.

Kim was largely estranged from his family, after being passed over for the North Korean leadership in favour of his youngest half-brother. He spent most of his time overseas in Macau, mainland China and Singapore.

He had spoken out in the past against his family's dynastic control of North Korea and in a 2012 book was quoted as saying he believed his younger half-brother lacked leadership qualities.

But he had said he was not interested in assuming the leadership himself.

BBC

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