Unit 124

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Unit 124
Country North Korea
BranchNorth Korean Special Operation Force
TypeBlack op special forces
RoleAssassinate Park Chung-hee
Size31

Unit 124 was a North Korean Special Operation Forces unit, in the Korean People's Army (KPA).[1] Thirty-one men from the unit were handpicked to raid the Blue House and assassinate South Korean president Park Chung-hee in 1968.[2]

The Blue House raid failed, with 29 members of the unit being killed and one, Kim Shin-jo, captured. Just one member of the unit, Pak Jae-gyong, made it back to North Korea. He went on to become a general in the KPA, and a Vice Minister in the Ministry of People's Armed Forces.[2]

Although the unit was believed to have been disbanded after the raid,[3] it has been succeeded by the KPA's Special Battalions, part of the Reconnaissance Agency, formed to conduct intelligence gathering, espionage, terrorism and abduction operations in South Korea.

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  1. ^ Bolger, Daniel (1991). Scenes from an Unfinished War: Low intensity conflict in Korea 1966-1969. Diane Publishing Co. p. Figure 3. ISBN 978-0-7881-1208-9.
  2. ^ a b "A would-be assassin builds a new life". JoongAng Daily. 4 November 2009.
  3. ^ "January 1968: Assassins storm Seoul; US spyship seized". The Korea Times. 24 January 2010.