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Fort Bragg soldiers hurt by lightning

Three soldiers were injured by lightning that struck a nearby tree during a Special Forces training session.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Three soldiers were injured by lightning that struck a nearby tree during a Special Forces training session.

The soldiers were supporting training Monday for the Special Forces Qualification Course, said Kathleen Devine, a spokeswoman for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. They are assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group.

One soldier was treated and released, Devine said. Another was released Wednesday but the third will remain hospitalized at least until Thursday, she said. The other two remained hospitalized Wednesday morning but were expected to be released later in the day, she said.

The soldiers had taken precautions against lightning, including turning off all electronic equipment and moving weapons, she said.