Soldiers hurt in explosion during training exercise at Fort Bragg

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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (CBS News) — An explosion during a training exercise injured a number of U.S. special operations forces at Fort Bragg on Thursday.

Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command, says eight were injured.

The soldiers were taken to the Army base’s Womack Army Medical Center for treatment, Bockholt said.

U.S. Army Special Command is investigating, CBS affiliate WNCN-TV reports. 

“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.”

About 57,000 military personnel are attached to Fort Bragg, located next to Fayetteville, N.C. It is the largest Army installation by population and covers about 161,000 acres. The Special Operations Command has about 23,000 soldiers spread over several sites. 

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