North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has locked down the city of 200,000 people in Hyesan after soldiers lost 653 rounds of ammunition and is refusing to open it until everything is found, the Daily Mail reports.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sealed off an entire city after 653 rounds of ammunition went missing during a recent troop withdrawal, sources said. The dictator's agents are searching homes in the city of Hesan, home to about 200,000 people, in search of ammunition.
The disappearance of the ammunition for assault rifles became known on March 7, when soldiers of the 7th Corps of the Korean People's Army were retreating from an area adjacent to the city, which lies on the border with China. They were deployed there in 2020 to secure the border closure at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a resident of Ryangang, when this happened, the soldiers initially did not report to the leadership, but tried to find the missing cartridges on their own, said a resident of the northern Ryangang province, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
"The city will remain under lock and key until all 653 cartridges are found," said a local resident.
law enforcement and the military launched an investigation, shutting down the entire city and conducting house-to-house searches. According to the source, citizens who saw or picked up any number of bullets should report it immediately or face penalties.
Residents were looking forward to the army's withdrawal from the area, but they will have even less freedom of movement during the investigation, an official in Yangon province told RFA, speaking on condition of anonymity to speak freely.
"Last week, orders were issued to factories, farms, social groups and quarter supervisors in the province to actively cooperate with the ammunition investigation," the official said, adding that when the bullets were not found after 10 days, the investigating authorities resorted to intimidation. .
"The Ministry of State Security, the Military Security Command of the Korean People's Army, and the Ministry of Social Security issued a particularly strict warning against 'stealing, illegally possessing or disposing of weapons, ammunition, and military equipment,' as stipulated in Article 78 of the Criminal Law. According to this law, a person , which illegally stores or transfers firearms, ammunition or weapons, shall be punished by correctional labor for a term of more than three years," he emphasized.
Also, according to an anonymous local official, residents fear that if the search does not yield results, the authorities will unjustly punish someone who may be completely innocent.