A teenage daughter of a North Korean SSA (State Security Agency) official has been found dead in HamKyungBukDo on or about July 20th, prompting the SSA to declare an emergency.
According to several defectors, the official in question is Ri Jong-il (43), an adept hunter of defectors who arrested many would-be defectors around HoeRyung. He was promoted to head up the SSA anti-defection unit's investigation sector as well as the secretary of the party cell in HamKyungBukDo.
After his promotion, Ri continued to investigate defectors headed for South Korea and those arrested for the crime of divulging national secrets. He was in charge of classifying them as political criminals and sending them to the SSA indictment department.
Local residents called Ri "oppasi," a nickname reserved for evil cops. His dragnet was exceptional, and his surveillance operation was responsible for stopping defection around HoeRyung, which used to be a popular location to cross the Duman River into China.
The murder incident began with an arrest of six family members from MangHyang-dong, HoeRyung. They were about to defect early January when they were caught and transferred to SSA.
Their family friend abducted Ri's daughter last May and threatened Ri to release the six prisoners. Ri refused to release the family and turned them over to the Province.
Ri's daughter had been attending Pohang Girls' School in Chongjin. She went to work at an agricultural cooperative in the countryside in May when she disappeared.
The abductors, referring themselves as "Avengers," executed her and abandoned her corpse on the banks of SooSung stream in SongPyong district of Chongjin, leaving a threatening note.
According to the informers, the SSA deemed the incident an emergency situation and alerted the families of the SSA workers as well as the police. These acts of violence against the SSA and the police authorities have occurred more frequently since Kim Jong-un came into power.
This revenge murder comes at a time when the authorities are concentrating on a new directive called "the 100-day combat to catch spies," a campaign to crackdown on defectors.