Special ops soldiers injured in Fort Bragg training

Special ops soldiers injured in Fort Bragg training
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Eight special operations soldiers were injured during training at Fort Bragg, N.C., the Army said Thursday.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command said the soldiers were injured during a "demolitions training incident" at the command's John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

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The injured soldiers were transported by air and ground to multiple hospitals, the command said.

"The command is investigating the events leading up to the incident and is caring for its soldiers and their families," it said.

Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the command, earlier confirmed to The Hill that there was an incident during training Thursday morning, but beyond that said “what actually happened is under investigation.”

Several reports said there was an explosion during the training exercise.

More than 50,000 active-duty troops are attached to Fort Bragg, while Special Operations Command has about 23,000 soldiers spread over several sites.

The training incident at Fort Bragg comes a day after 15 Marines were injured when an amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

Of those, six Marines are in critical condition, while six others are in serious condition.

The Camp Pendleton incident is also under investigation.

Updated at 3:08 p.m.