Soldier Injured In Training Exercise

A young soldier has been seriously injured during a training exercise accident in Co Cork.

The officer was acting as a supervisor in a night firing exercise when he received blast injuries at approximately 11.30pm.

Army paramedics were on the scene at Kilworth and he was removed to hospital within minutes of the accident.

He has been taken to Cork University Hospital where his condition is described as critical but stable. His family and next of kin have been informed and are at the hospital

The lieutenant, who is based at Collins Barracks in Cork, is expected to undergo surgery this morning.

A Defence Forces spokesman said: "The scene of the accident has been preserved and a Military Police investigation is getting under way today."

The officer is based in Collins Barracks, Cork and was working as part of a team of supervisors for a night exercise on Kilworth range. No other injuries were reported.


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