Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Fort Bragg Explosion Leaves Several Soldiers Injured

Fort Bragg Explosion Leaves Several Soldiers Injured

Eight soldiers were injured during a training exercise at the U.S. Army base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Thursday, the military said in a statement.

The soldiers were transported by helicopter to the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg for treatment, according to WRAL television's website, which cited authorities.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that the soldiers are part of U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

"There are injuries but we don't know the extent", Special Operations Command Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt told Fox News. However, the spokesman was unable to confirm whether an explosion was the cause of the reported injuries. U.S. Army Special Command is investigating.

A day earlier, eight Marines were rushed to a burn center and seven others also were hospitalized following a fire in their amphibious vehicle during training at Camp Pendleton in California.

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About 57,000 military personnel are attached to Fort Bragg, located next to Fayetteville. Five were listed in critical condition and another five were listed as serious.

Fort Bragg, which is home to 50,000 active-duty soldiers, is the largest Army base in the world.

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