May 11, 2016 by Will Maule

North Korea Secret Agents Slay Christian Priest With An Axe

A Christian priest who went missing from his home was found stabbed to death with an axe in a brutal attack 'by North Korean secret agents,' reports The Express. Han Choong Yeol, who dedicated his life to helping Christians living under Kim Jong-un’s oppressive regime, left his home at around noon and was due to return at 5pm. His home is located on the Chinese side of the border with North Korea.

He never returned. A search party discovered his lifeless body maimed by stab and axe wounds hours later. Han Choong Yeol, a pastor at the Three Self-Church, was actively involved in helping North Korean refugees by giving them food, medicines and clothes. South Korean media reported three agents from North Korea crossed the border to carry out the killing of Pastor Han who leaves behind a wife and two children. 

The North Korean state-controlled website issued a statement denying the murder. "After the murder of Pastor Han on April 30, the puppet authorities are once again yammering up clichés about the North," the statement read.

"The truth will be revealed. The South Korean authorities are addicted to dirty slander...but their anti-human rights crimes can never be concealed." But Pastor Hans Church has been targeted by Kim's regime in the past. In November 2014 a deacon was kidnapped - two years on the church does not know if he is dead or alive. 

North Korea is the worst place in the world to be a Christian according to charity Open Doors and has been for the last 14 years. It is estimated that 7,000 Christians are currently imprisoned in labour camps because of their faith. Christianity is illegal under Kim's regime forcing Christians to worship in secret and risk torture, imprisonment and even death to do so. 

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