According to reports, the North Korean regime carried out "extensive executions" of Jang Song-thaek's entire family, not sparing even children.
'Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes,' the Daily Mail quoted South Korea's Yonhap agency.
Those executed in cold blood include Jang's sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband Jon Yong-jin ( who was also North Korea's ambassador to Cuba), and Jang Yong-chol, a nephew of Jang, the North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, as well as his two sons.
Only few marriage relatives, like the wife of Malaysian ambassador, were let free and sent to live in remote villages.
Only few marriage relatives were let free and sent to live in remote villages.
The sons, daughters and the grandchildren of Jang's two brothers, too, were not spared, reports the Daily Mail, citing Yonhap news agency.
The report further states that the family members were first brought to the Pyongyang area of the country by Ministry of State troops and then executed.
The timing of their execution is not yet clear but sources told Yonhap that they might have been killed in December after Jang Song-thaek was killed.
The cold-blooded execution of 67-year-old Jang Song-Thaek was carried out on December 12, including his five close aides.
According to the Straits Times, 120 hounds were starved for three days, and then they were allowed to prey on Jang and five others until they were completely eaten up.
The report said the entire process lasted for an hour, with Kim Jong Un supervising it along with 300 senior officials.
Jang was considered the second most powerful official in the North.