South Korean police said they arrested a woman accused of murdering her two children, who were found in suitcases in New Zealand last month.
In a case that shocked the country, the bodies were discovered by unidentified people who bought the abandoned suitcases from an Auckland storage unit.
The bodies would have been stored for several years. Korean police said the victims were between 7 and 10 years old.
New Zealand has requested the woman’s extradition from South Korea. Auckland Police said they were working closely with South Korean authorities to locate the woman after they said last month they believed she was in South Korea.
The woman fled to South Korea in 2018 after the children died, South Korean police said. She is a 42-year-old Korean-born New Zealand national.
Interpol has issued a worldwide arrest warrant for her. Officers arrested her in a raid at midnight on Thursday at an apartment in the southeastern city of Ulsan. Surveillance ensued after investigators received leads on his whereabouts, the Seoul National Police Agency said.
Last month, New Zealand police said they were looking for the woman after they managed to identify the children, whose names have not been released.
“The fact that a person has been arrested overseas in such a short time is entirely due to the support of the Korean authorities and the coordination of our Interpol officers,” the New Zealand police inspector said on Thursday. Tofilau Fa’amanuia Vaaelua.