O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the Ministry of Public Security, has been gruesomely executed with a flame-thrower, South Korean media has reported, amid a crackdown on loyalists of Kim Jong-un’s purged uncle.
As many as 11 senior party officials with close ties to Jang Song-taek have apparently recently been executed or sent to political prison camps.
Jang was publicly purged in December and executed after being found guilty of “corruption” and activities that ran counter to the policies of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
O was executed because he had followed Mr Jang’s instructions to turn the ministry into a personal security division to help safeguard his business dealings, the paper reported.
The South Korean newspaper claims this current purge will be followed by another.
“Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song Taek,” an anonymous source told the South Korean news agency Yonhap in January. “All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children.”
The third purge will “target his [uncle’s] supporters in provincial chapters of the Workers Party,” North Korea’s ruling party.