Army Special Ops soldiers injured in training at Fort Bragg

Cpl. Jose Rivera, left, and Sgt. Brenton Calvin, right, prepare the American flag before the XVIII Airborne Corps hosts a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Fort Bragg on Sept. 9, 2016, in Fayetteville. (Madeline Gray/North State Journal)

FORT BRAGG — Eight soldiers were injured during a training exercise at the U.S. Army base at Fort Bragg on Thursday, the military said in a statement.

The soldiers hurt during U.S. Army Special Operations Command demolitions training were taken by air and ground to multiple local hospitals, the statement said.

The extent of their injuries and cause of the incident were not released.

Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a base spokesman, said he could not confirm local media reports of an explosion occurring during the exercise.

“What exactly happened is under investigation,” he said.

On Wednesday, 15 Marines were injured when an amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during training at Camp Pendleton in California, the Marine Corps said.