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A 3-year-old boy tragically shot to death his 5-year-old brother, in what police have described as an accident.

The children of popular Islamic preacher Arrazy Hasyim were in Tuban, East Java, for a family trip. They were traveling with Arrazy’s bodyguard, a police officer who goes by the initial M.

Yesterday afternoon, while M was praying, he heard a loud bang coming from a firearm. It turned out that the 5-year-old child had gotten a hold of his gun and played with it with his younger brother. 

The younger brother was shot in his chin. He was killed in the incident.

M claimed that he had stashed the gun in a bag and put it in a safe place before he went to pray.

“For the legal process, it won’t be continued by the Tuban Police because the victim’s [family] has given a statement that they won’t press charges and have accepted their fate, because it was purely an accident,” Tuban Police Crime Investigation Unit Head M Ganantha said yesterday.

Nevertheless, M may be required to face an internal investigation committee regarding the incident at the National Police HQ.

Firearm deaths are exceptionally rare in Indonesia due to tight gun control in the country. Only high ranking officials, law enforcement officials, and military personnel may legally purchase and possess guns.

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