BREAKING: 3 Army Special Operators killed, 12 injured after explosion at Fort Bragg

Group command teams and staff officers salute during the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) change of command ceremony, July 28, 2017 at Fort Bragg. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. James E. Kraft Jr. relinquished command of 1st SFC (A) to Maj. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette.

Update: Special Forces soldier killed during explosion identified, 7 others wounded

Reports of an explosion during a training exercise on Thursday morning at Fort Bragg are beginning to surface.

Initial reports claim fifteen soldiers from the U.S. Army Special Forces were taken to the Womack Army Medical Center for injuries.

One local news source claims the injuries stemmed from an explosion but did not detail a cause or surrounding circumstances. The local ABC affiliate in North Carolina claims the explosion occurred after”a vehicle rolled over on a remote part of the base.”

“According to sources that spoke to USAWTFM under the condition of anonymity, the explosion was the result of an accident during the Home Made Explosives training module that is part of the Special Forces Engineer Sergeant training course at range on the installation, with 3 soldiers dying instantly and 1 more during surgery. ”

Alex Simons reports, “Initial reports indicate a total of 12 soldiers were flown in to Womack, with four immediately sent into surgery, and one expiring during. 1 more soldier was flown to the neighboring Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, sufering from triple amputation injuries.”

A spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command told the Fayetteville Observer that officials did not yet know the number of soldiers injured or the extent of those injuries. He also could not say what may have caused the injuries.

“There was an incident that occurred on one of the ranges,” Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt said. “We’re looking into exactly what happened.”

The injured soldiers belong to a unit under USASOC’s command, Bockholt said. He said USASOC is investigating the incident.

This is a developing news story and will be updated as more information is released.

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