One soldier dead and nine injured after lightning strike rips through Army camp

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A soldier has been killed and a further nine injured by a lightning strike at an army training camp.

Multiple soldiers are feared to have died after they were struck by lightning during a training exercise at Fort Gordon base in Georgia, America, on Wednesday.

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Army reporter Steve Beynon tweeted: "1 soldier is dead and 9 are injured after a lightning strike incident during a training event at Ft. Gordon."

"It is with a heavy heart Fort Gordon confirms one of the soldiers injured in the lightning strike this afternoon succumbed to their injuries," base spokesperson Anne Bowman told ABC News.

"No name will be released until the next of kin have been notified."

Bowman said the incident occurred at approximately 11:10 a.m. at Training Area 26 when there was bad weather in the area, and that the soldiers "sustained injuries associated with a lightning strike at one of their training areas."

"We know there were injuries but we don't know the extent of those injuries," Bowman had told ABC News.

She added that she did not know about the state of the others injured.

The country has been hit by extreme weather this week.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after the bolt of lightning at around 11.10 am local time at Training Area 26.

Formerly known as Camp Gordon, the US Army facility was set up in 1941 during WW2 and serves as the home for the US Army Signal Corps, US Army Cyber Command and the Cyber Center of Excellence.

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There are around 16,000 service members at Fort Garden, including active duty soldiers and National Guard and Reserves members.

Wednesday's incident is similar to when a lightning bolt injured 20 soldiers at the base in the summer of 1982.

Seven people were admitted to the hospital after lightning hit the group of soldiers during a weeklong training session in the base's fields.


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