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In this photo taken Friday, April 21, 2017 paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team participate in a training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army is planning to triple the amount of bonuses it’s paying this year to more than $380 million in a bid to expand its ranks. The money includes new incentives to woo reluctant soldiers to re-enlist. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

An explosion at Fort Bragg injured a number of special operations forces


An explosion during a Thursday training exercise at Fort Bragg injured a number of U.S. special operations forces at the North Carolina military installation.

“There was an incident that occurred at one of the ranges,” Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command, said of the incident.

“We’re looking into exactly what happened,” he added of the command, which is based at Fort Bragg.

Bockholt said that he did know the number of soldiers injured in the explosion or the extent of their injuries.

The hurt soldiers were taken to the Army base’s Womack Army Medical Center for treatment, he added, and he could not state what exactly caused their injuries.

Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced concern for the people who were hurt at Fort Bragg, which is located next to Fayetteville.

WRAL reported that at least 15 soldiers were transported via medical helicopter to Womack, adding that all of them were USASOC personnel.

The news outlet added that the explosion occurred at Fort Bragg’s Range 69 but provided no additional details.

Fort Bragg is the largest Army installation by population, with about 57,000 military personnel attached there.

The installation covers approximately 161,000 acres, and the Special Operations Command has about 23,000 soldiers spread over several sites.

The explosion at Fort Bragg follows a vehicle fire at Camp Pendelton in California only a single day before.

Fifteen Marines were injured on Wednesday during a training exercise accident that morning involving a seafaring assault vehicle.

Officials told Fox News that eight of the Marines were taken to a burn unit at the University of California San Diego Health after the incident.

Fox News reported that three of those eight people were in critical condition, while five more were in serious condition.

Two of the other seven Marines injured were in critical condition and two were receiving medical treatment but were in unknown condition.

Another Marine was in stable condition, according to Fox News, while the final two were being treated for minor injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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