Soldier dies after training exercise involving demolitions that injured 7 others at Army’s largest base

FILE - This photo shows an entrance sign to Fort Bragg, N.C. (FILE-AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Soldier dies after training exercise involving demolitions that injured 7 others at Army’s largest base.

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Eight U.S. special operations forces were injured Thursday during a training exercise involving demolitions at Fort Bragg, according to an Army spokesman.

The soldiers were taken to several hospitals including the Womack Army Medical Center on base for treatment, said Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command, which is based at Fort Bragg.

Bockholt didn’t know the extent of the soldiers’ injuries.

Initial reports said the injuries happened in an explosion, but Bockholt says he could not confirm that.

“There was an incident that occurred on one of the ranges,” Bockholt said, adding that the command is investigating. “We’re looking into exactly what happened.”

The soldiers were students from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and they were at a range on base, the Army said.

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.

Also, a soldier was killed Tuesday night during hoist training for medical helicopter evacuations at Fort Hood in Texas.

About 57,000 military personnel are attached to Fort Bragg, located next to Fayetteville, North Carolina. It is the largest Army installation by population and one of the largest in the world, covering about 161,000 acres.

The Special Operations Command has about 23,000 soldiers spread over several sites.

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