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Update: Kim murder suspect suffered VX effects, Malaysia to sweep KL airport for “radioactive” material

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:51

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One of two women suspected of killing the half-brother of North Korea's leader with the highly toxic VX nerve agent also suffered its effects, Malaysia's police chief said on Friday.

[KUALA LUMPUR] One of two women suspected of killing the half-brother of North Korea's leader with the highly toxic VX nerve agent also suffered its effects, Malaysia's police chief said on Friday.

Malaysian authorities will also sweep the international airport and other locations for radioactive material.

"She was vomiting," police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in response to a question about whether the women felt the effects of VX, classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

He declined to elaborate.

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Kim Jong Nam died after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13. Police have arrested a Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman suspected of smearing the chemical on his face.

“(We are looking to) sweep all locations that we knew the suspects went to. We will get the experts from the atomic energy department to go to the location and sweep it to see if radioactive (material) is still there,” the police chief said.

It was the first time police had mentioned “radioactive material” and he did not elaborate on what could “still” be there.

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