Four Killed, Eight Wounded in Military Training Accident in South China Sea

Indonesian soldiers wounded during a military exercise in South China Sea are flown in to a hospital in Natuna on Wednesday (17/05). (JG screenshot from BeritaSatu News Channel)

By : Agustins Beo Da Costa | on 11:42 AM May 18, 2017
Category : News, Featured, Security

Jakarta. Four Indonesian soldiers were killed and eight wounded on Wednesday (17/05) after they were hit by artillery fire during a rapid response training exercise in the Natuna islands north of Borneo in the South China Sea, a military spokesman said.

"The army leadership has conveyed its deepest condolences after the death of four excellent soldiers in an accidental incident in Natuna," spokesman Denny Tuejeh said on Thursday.

The Indonesian army had launched an investigation to examine how the anti-aircraft weapons system had fired upon the group of soldiers during the exercise.

The wounded personnel had been evacuated and were being treated at a nearby hospital, he said.

Indonesia has been holding regular exercises and has increased its military presence on and around the islands that are located near disputed waters in the South China Sea.

While the sovereignty of the islands is not disputed, Jakarta has objected to Beijing's inclusion of waters around them within China's "nine-dash line," a demarcation line used by Beijing to show its claims.

Reuters

 

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