1 sol­dier killed, 7 in­jured in Fort Bragg train­ing ex­er­cise

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

A train­ing ex­er­cise in­volv­ing de­mo­li­tions killed one spe­cial op­er­a­tions sol­dier and in­jured seven oth­ers at the Army’s largest base Thurs­day, just a day af­ter 15 Marines were hurt in a fire while train­ing in Cal­i­for­nia.

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 in North Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Alexan­der P. Dal­ida, 32, of Dun­sta­ble, Mas­sachusetts, was killed dur­ing the ex­er­cise, Bock­holt said. The cause of death is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Dal­ida, who en­listed in 2006, was as­signed to 1st Spe­cial War­fare Train­ing Group (Air­borne).

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

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

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