Soldier in suicide bomber Halloween costume triggers emergency at Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) — A soldier who was dressed for Halloween as a suicide bomber — complete with a simulated explosive vest — triggered an “emergency response” at Fort Bragg on Friday night, officials say.

Authorities at the base said that on Friday night a soldier attempted to “gain access to Fort Bragg through one of our access control points.”

“The soldier was dressed as a suicide bomber with simulated explosive vest,” officials from the base said on Saturday in a written account of the incident.

“The incident resulted in an emergency response, Explosive Ordnance Disposal clearing the entire scene and an extended closure of a gate,” Fort Bragg officials say.

“Although the incident remains under investigation, initial reports indicate it was a Halloween costume,” officials added.

Officials reminded soldiers after the incident that such costumes are banned.

“The Fort Bragg Garrison Commander wants the community to have a safe and fun Halloween; however, costumes of this sort are not allowed on Fort Bragg,” officials said.

“All costumes should be appropriate in dress and tasteful. 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,” officials said.

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