The South Korean Defence Ministry said that it was a brutal act by North Korean soldiers to kill and burn a South Korean official. It was later revealed that the fisheries department official went missing from a patrol boat around the border which was found in North Korea’s waters.
The North Korean troop first shot him, poured oil over his body and set him on fire. This is believed to be an act of prevention from coronavirus. Recently, the country had given orders to shoot and kill at the borders to stop COVID-19 from penetrating the country.
In July 2008, a similar act had occurred when a North Korean soldier shot a tourist at Mount Kumgang. This is the second time that something similar has happened where, without any reason, North Korea decided to kill and burn.
What has South Korea to say of the brutal act?
The fisheries department official was about 10 kilometres away from the borders in his patrol boat towards the North when he disappeared on September 21st. He was 47 years old and a father of two who left shoes on the boat. It is assumed he had been attempting to leave, a short but not unprecedented move.
When a North Korean patrol boat found him wearing a life jacket at sea around 15.30 local time on September 22nd, he was asked about his whereabouts from a distance and orders were given to kill him in the water. North Korean soldiers later ignited the body while at sea. The Ministry said it might be a preventive measure they took against coronavirus.
Last month, Robert Abrams, the commander of the US military’s forces in South Korea had mentioned about the new order in place to shoot and kill in the buffer zone that is 2 kilometres on the Korea-China border to ensure coronavirus entering the country.