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Soldier's Suicide Bomber Costume Sparks Fort Bragg Security Response

by Phil Helsel /  / Updated 
This photo shows an entrance sign to Fort Bragg, N.C., Tuesday, April 24, 2007.
This photo shows an entrance sign to Fort Bragg, N.C., Tuesday, April 24, 2007. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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A Halloween costume at Fort Bragg prompted an emergency response after a soldier tried to enter the North Carolina military installation dressed as a suicide bomber, the military said.

The soldier was not identified. The costume prompted a gate to be cleared and a response from an explosive ordnance disposal team, Fort Bragg said. The costume included a simulated explosive vest. "Costumes of this sort are not allowed on Fort Bragg," the base said in a statement.

"The senior commander of Fort Bragg further directs that soldiers not wear costumes of this sort off post and strongly encourages soldiers, DA civilians, and family members to follow the same guidance to prevent similar issues within our neighboring communities," the statement said.

Fort Bragg, northwest of Fayetteville, is home to the U.S. Army airborne and special operations forces.

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