08/04/2014 05:21 BST | Updated 08/04/2014 05:59 BST

North Korean Official 'Executed By Flame-Thrower'

North Korea has reportedly executed an official using a flamethrower, on orders of the country’s leader Kim Jong-un.

His grisly end came as he is apparently one of up to 11 senior party officials with close ties to Jang Song-taek - the "Dear Leader's" recently purged uncle.

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South Korean press said the shocking punishment was handed down after the official helped Jang turn the ministry into a personal security division to help safeguard his business interests.

Kim got rid of his father’s brother-in-law, along with his entire family, last December after finding him guilty of corruption and activities counter to the policies of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The regime has previously used, er, unorthodox means for executing opponents.

Two years ago vice minister of the army was executed with a mortar round for drinking during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il's death.

On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave "no trace of him behind, down to his hair," he was forced to stand on a spot that had been targeted for a mortar round and "obliterated".

It has also previously been reported that the country’s dictator has had opponents fed to starving dogs, which was later dismissed as a satirical joke.

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