North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector and set his body on fire for fear he might be carrying Covid-19, Seoul Military officials said on Thursday, BBC reported. Seoul said it had come to this conclusion based on its analysis of “diverse intelligence”.
The South Korean government said the man, who was working for the fisheries department, was on his patrol boat about 10-km from the border with North Korea, near the island of Yeonpyeong, when he disappeared on Monday.
He was killed around six hours after being found, a South Korean military official told AFP. “He was shot dead in the water,” he said. “North Korean soldiers poured oil over his body and burnt it in the water. We assess it was carried out under the North’s anti-coronavirus measure.”
The official added that the man was wearing a life jacket and his shoes were found on…