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Further arrests likely in Kim kin murder probe

KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysian police are expected to make a few more arrests, including an “important person”, in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, state media reported on Sunday.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar declined to elaborate when speaking to the state media, adding that the arrests would be made at the appropriate time.

“I don’t deny we are targeting new individuals including North Korean nationals involved in this murder and we will use all legal channels to apprehend them. Although I can’t reveal who they are, we believe there is an ‘important person’ among them,” he told state media.

Malaysian police have previously identified eight North Koreans wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of Kim Jong Nam, some of them hiding in the North Korean embassy. A Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman have already been charged in the case. On Thursday, police said Interpol issued a “red notice”, the closest to an international arrest warrant, for four North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder

Kim Jong Nam was killed on Feb. 13, when Malaysian police say two women smeared super toxic VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. More than a month after the killing, experts are struggling to make sense of Malaysia’s findings that the lethal nerve agent VX was used to kill him without apparent harm to anyone else.

Malaysian police have released virtually no forensic evidence connected to the assassination.

Scientists are confounded by how VX — a toxin so deadly it is classed as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN — was deployed in an international airport without causing serious injury to the assailants, first responder medics or other travellers.

Agencies