Suspect in Kim Jong-nam killing seen wearing ‘LOL’ shirt in Facebook post

One of the suspects in the killing of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un’s estranged brother can be seen in a Facebook post wearing an “LOL” shirt similar to the one seen in surveillance footage taken at the time of the victim’s death. Twenty-eight-year-old Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam reportedly posted to Facebook under the name “Ruby Ruby” according to her 18-year-old niece Dinh Thi Quyen, and one photo shows her in an “LOL” shirt like that worn by Kim-Jong-nam’s killer.

The account is strangely only a few months old. The first post was made on December 14 and the last February 11 from an area near the Kuala Lumpur airport where Jong-nam was killed.

Malaysia police are holding Huong along with another woman, Siti Aishah of Indonesia, believed to be involved in the attack. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar announced Wednesday the women had been “trained” to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and rub them on Jong-nam’s face, and that trial runs had been practiced at two Kuala Lumpur malls. Aishah has maintained she did not realize she was taking part in an assassination and believed she was participating in a TV prank show. Khalid refuted those claims to reporters.

“We strongly believe it is a planned thing and that they have been trained,” he said. “This is not just like shooting a movie.”

The North Korean embassy took issue with that accusation, however, and demanded the release of the women. “How is it possible that these female suspects could still be alive?” a statement from embassy read, if the toxins had been on their hands. Khalid responded by saying the women had known they were handling toxic substances, and “were warned to take precautions.” Surveillance footage that has not yet been released to the public showed the suspects keeping their hands away from their bodies and going to the restroom to wash their hands immediately after the attack, he said.

In addition to the two women, Malaysian police arrested two other men suspected of being involved in the attack, and are searching for seven other North Koreans, including a secretary of North Korea’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur and an employee of North Korea’s state-owned airline, Air Koryo. Those two men, along with a third, are believed to still be at large in Malaysia. The four other men are thought to have left the country soon after the attack, and may be who provided the toxins.

[AP]