Peoples of Syria and DPRK are facing a common enemy which is seeking to undermine the independence of their two countries," Ambassador Jang
Rest of the three injured were under treatment at Fateh Jang
group's Geo TV had aired accusations by Mir and his family that the ISI was behind the attack.
He was then mentored by Jang
- who was married to the former leader's sister Kim Kyong-hui.
Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang
Song-thaek," a source told Yonhap.
, an uncle by marriage and once one of Kim's closest advisers, was killed last month after he was accused of plotting to overthrow the communist regime.
Kim, in his New Year message broadcast on state TV, described the purge of a "faction" within the ruling party as a "resolute action", in his first public remarks about Jang
since his shock execution on December 12.
Perhaps Kim's motives for purging Jang
can be found in Shakespeare's oeuvre.
At around 10 pm on the night of [December] 13, the day after Jang
was executed, armed men from the Ministry of State Security arrived in the Pyongchon area of Pyongyang, where a lot of his relatives lived," a source in the North Korean capital told the Daily NK newspaper.
The nation's founding father, Kim Il-sung, banished one his brothers to the countryside in the mid-1970s, and Jang
himself appears to have been purged at least once and possibly twice in the past - he not only survived but was able to return to the hierarchy.
A year or so before he died in December 2011, the present ruler's father, Kim Jong Il, picked his sister, Kim Kyong Hui, and her husband -- Jang
-- to groom his designated heir, Kim Jong Un, for the leadership.
Her conspicuous absence came just days after the execution of her husband, Jang