Lawmakers Call on TNI to Review Safety Standards
Jakarta. The House of Representatives has called on the Indonesian Military, or TNI, to review its safety standards after antiaircraft weapons killed four soldiers and wounded eight others during a rapid response training in Tanjung Datuk, Natuna, Riau Islands, on Wednesday (17/05).
TNI has launched an investigation into the incident, which reportedly involved a Chinese-made giant bow cannon.
"I express my condolences [to the families of] the soldiers who died in Natuna Islands. Investigation is underway to find the cause of the incident. A report will be filed to House Commission I," House Commission I deputy head T.B. Hasanuddin said in Jakarta on Thursday (18/05).
"I hope this won't happen again. All TNI firearms should have licenses and soldiers should be well-trained to use them," he added.
The Chinese weaponry was purchased by the military in 2008.
Hasanuddin, a lawmaker from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), disagreed that the weapons were past their expiration date.