US Army soldier killed in attack by a bear during a training in Alaska

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A U.S. Army soldier died as a result of injuries sustained from a fight with a wild bear at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, the base announced in a news statement

The soldier, who is not being named publicly yet while next-of-kin is notified, was part of a small group training in an area located west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill – where the fight took place. 

According to the base, the 673d Security Forces Squadron initially responded to the attack. Alaska Wildlife Troopers are now attempting to target the bear. 

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It was unclear what type of bear was involved in the attack. The area will be closed to the public for all recreation activity, the base noted.

USA TODAY reached out to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and more information will be released to the public at a later time.