Arrest stuns Indonesian family of Kim slaying suspect

Residents walk through the Tambora neighbourhood near the house where Siti Aisyah, the Indonesian woman suspected in the killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother, used to live in Jakarta. (AP Photo)

JAKARTA: The family and former neighbours of an Indonesian woman implicated in the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother have expressed disbelief that she could commit such a crime, describing her as a "good" and "simple country girl".

News reports that Malaysian police have arrested 25-year-old Siti Aisyah on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Kim Jong-nam on Monday at Kuala Lumpur International Airport have shocked her mother Benah, who said she has been unable to sleep.

"My daughter is not like that. She is just a simple country girl who left her hometown to seek a better life," Benah said by telephone from Ciomas in Banten province, 105 kilometres south of Jakarta.

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