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Fort Bragg soldiers hurt in explosion

Fort Bragg soldiers hurt in explosion
Posted at 12:05 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 09:03:41-04

FORT BRAGG, NC (RNN) - Soldiers who are part of the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Commandhave been hurt in a training accident on post on Thursday morning.

A base official told the Fayetteville Observer that he didn't know how many were injured or the extent of the injuries.

The soldiers were taken to the Army base's Womack Army Medical Center for treatment, Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command, told the Associated Press.

WRAL reported that 15 people were injured.

The training exercise was taking place on a range at the Army base when the incident occurred, officials told the Associated Press.

It was unknown what caused the explosion. U.S. Army Special Command is investigating. 

The accident comes one day after an amphibious vehicle caught fire during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton in Southern California on Wednesday. Fifteen Marines were hospitalized, eight were sent to the Burn Center at the University of California San Diego Heath.

On Wednesday, three of the Marines were listed in critical condition, five were listed in serious condition at that hospital. Four others were sent to the University of California Irvine Medical Center, two of which were in critical condition, according to the Associated Press.

Located in North Carolina, Fort Bragg is the largest military installation in the world by population with more than 50,000 active duty personnel. The 82nd Airborne Division is headquartered there, along with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. There are two airfields at Fort Bragg.

Fort Bragg is named for Braxton Bragg, a North Carolina native who was a Confederate general.

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