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.