North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly executed his uncle and a handful of the man’s aides by feeding them to a horde of 120 starving dogs.
Jang Song Thaek, the former #2 official in the regime, is believed to have been stripped naked and tossed into a cage along with five others.
According to the Straits Times of Singapore:
“Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is also called ‘quan jue’, or execution by dogs."
It's called insanity if that's true.
The news of the execution first surfaced in description a Hong Kong newspaper that serves as the official mouthpiece of China’s government there.
However, more established outlets in mainland China have not repeated the account, for whatever that's worth. The account continues as such:
“The entire process lasted for an hour, with Mr. Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader in North Korea, supervising it along with 300 senior officials."
Over the years, some North Korean defectors have reportedly told (also unconfirmed) stories of specially trained dogs used to maul prisoners.
But the description is at odds with numerous other accounts that Jang was shot dead, and no U.S. publication or government agency has confirmed it.
However, while China has traditionally acted as North Korea’s ally and patron, relations between the two Asian nations have been strained of late.
The Straits Times suggested that China’s government leaked the account of the December execution to signal its growing anger at Kim’s government.
The United States has labored to get a grip on what kind of leader Kim Jong Un is, worrying that he is even more reckless than his father, Kim Jong Il.