North Korean state media say Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle, has been executed, calling the leader's former mentor "worse than a dog."
|Kim Jong-un and his uncle Jang Song Thaek|
The announcement early Friday comes days after Pyongyang announced that Jang Song Thaek had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a "dissolute and depraved life."
Jang was considered the second most powerful official in the North. He was seen as helping Kim Jong-un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago.
Jang was the latest and most significant in a series of personnel reshuffles that Kim has conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power.