North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that “enraged” leader Kim Jong-un, according to South Korea’s spy agency.
The Associated Press reports that the information was conveyed by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) in a private briefing to lawmakers on Monday.
This comes as Malaysia is investigating the death of Kim’s estranged elder half-brother, Kim Jong-nam.
South Korea believes the North Korean leader ordered his half-brother’s assassination, which happened at the Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13.
The NIS told lawmakers that five North Korean officials in the department of recently purged state security chief Kim Won-hong were executed by anti-aircraft guns because of the false reports to Kim, AP quoted South Korean lawmaker Lee Cheol-woo as saying.
It’s not clear what false reports they allegedly made, and the NIS didn’t say how it got its information, the news agency said.
North Korea fired Kim Won-hong in January, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, Seoul said earlier this month.
Kim Won-hong’s dismissal was linked to those false reports, which “enraged” Kim Jong-un when they were discovered, Lee said, citing the NIS.
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