(via Fox News Alert)
Senior Pentagon officials told FOX News’ Bret Baier that at least 10 people are dead and at least 50 people have been wounded. Sources said a combination of U.S. forces, Iraqi forces and U.S. contractors were at the military facility. The cause of the explosion, which happened at 12 noon local time, was under investigation.
The U.S. Army’s Task Force Olympia is based in this predominantly Sunni Muslim city.
Obviously horrible breaking news.
Death toll is now up to 22. This is another example of why our service men and women need all of our constant prayers and support.
First reports from the scene of the attack came from an embedded Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch reporter.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Amid the screaming and thick smoke that followed, quick-thinking soldiers turned their lunch tables upside down, placed the wounded on them and gently carried them into the parking lot.Ã¢â‚¬? Soldiers shouted frantically for medics.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Near the front entrance to the chow hall, troops tended a soldier with a gaping head wound. Within minutes, they zipped him into a black body bag. Three more bodies were in the parking lot then. …
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sgt. Evan Byler, of the 276th, steadied himself on one of the concrete bomb shelters.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He was eating chicken tenders and macaroni when the bomb hit. The blast knocked him out of his chair. When the smoke cleared, Byler took off his shirt and wrapped it around a seriously wounded soldier.