8 special operations forces injured in Fort Bragg training
FORT BRAGG, N.C. » 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 said he 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.
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.
About 57,000 military personnel are attached to Fort Bragg, 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.