Two soldiers critically ill and 9 injured after ‘ingesting unknown substance’

Two soldiers are fighting for their lives and nine others have been injured after they all ingested an "unknown substance" during a field training exercise.

The horrifying incident took place at Fort Bliss, Texas, US, on Thursday, January 28, and all of the soldiers are now under the observation of medical experts.

The US Army base has also confirmed that an urgent investigation has been launched to figure out exactly what happened.

In a brief statement, US Army officials said: "Fort Bliss is investigating an incident involving 11 Fort Bliss Soldiers injured after ingesting an unknown substance during a field training exercise, today (Thursday, January 28).

"Two Soldiers are in a critical condition. All members involved in the incident are under observation of medical professionals.

"The incident is under investigation, no further details are available at this time.

"Fort Bloss officials will provide updates as more information becomes available."

It comes after two Fort Bliss soldiers were discovered dead at the barracks in separate incidents in recent weeks.

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Asia Graham, 19, was found unresponsive in her barracks room on December 31 and was later pronounced dead by emergency personnel.

Graham joined the Army in July 2019 and was assigned to the 1st Armored Division,

Her mum Nicole said her daughter “wasn’t supposed to go,” and that “it wasn’t her time.”

A second Fort Bliss soldier, Staff Sgt John D.S. Bailey, 27, was pronounced dead by emergency personnel on January 15.

Bailey, a non-commissioned officer also assigned to the 1st Armored Division, was serving an on-post residence at Fort Bliss.

He arrived at Fort Bliss in March 2019, after joining the Army in January 2013.

Capt. Kristopher Italiano, the Headquarters Company Commander of the 4th Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment, said the base was “deeply saddened at the loss of such a bright and talented” non-commissioned officer.

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