One U.S. soldier died and seven others were injured from an explosion during training at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Thursday, the U.S. Army said.
Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Mass., was killed during Special Forces engineer training, said Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, in a statement. The cause of his death is under investigation.
It is unclear what exploded. Special Forces students train with numerous munitions and explosives.
Those caught in the blast were a combination of Special Forces students and instructors training at a demolition range used by the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. The injured soldiers were evacuated by air and ground to hospitals in the area. In a phone call, Bockholt said he did not know the status of the seven injured but denied reports that four soldiers had died.