Kim Jong-Un used an anti-aircraft gun to execute five senior officials, says South Korea’s intelligence agency. The officials were charged with submitting inaccurate reports, which were reported to “enrage” the North Korean dictator.
This isn’t the first time the weapon has been used for North Korean state killings. In 2015, Defense Minister Hyon Yong-chol was executed in this manner. Last year agricultural minister Hwang Min and senior education ministry official Ri Yong-jin were also victims. Crimes included falling asleep during a meeting and backing policies which differed with those of Kim. Kim Jong-Un is reported to have a particular fondness for anti-aircraft guns as a murder weapon, the force of which tears apart a human body.
According to The Daily Caller, such brutal methods of execution are common:
While Kim has a certain love for the anti-aircraft gun, North Korea has many execution methods. Some people have been poisoned, and others have been executed by firing squad. Former Vice Minister of the Army Kim Chol and former Deputy Defense Minister Kim Yong Chun were obliterated by mortar rounds. Former Deputy Minister of Public Security O Sang-hon was bound to a stake and burned alive with a flame thrower.
The dictator is estimated to have killed at least 300 people since coming to power in 2011.