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US army identifies 'inspirational' soldier killed in Alaska bear attack

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Another soldier sustained minor injuries in the attack by the bear (not pictured). Alaska officials said a den with two brown cubs was found nearby.

The US army as identified a soldier who died earlier this week of injuries sustained during a bear attack in a military training area in Alaska.

The army said Staff Sgt Seth Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage following the mauling, which happened on Tuesday. Another soldier received minor injuries in the attack in a training area west of Anchorage.

Plant was from Saint Augustine, Florida, and was an infantryman from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

The Alaska department of fish and game said a den with two brown bear cubs was found nearby.

The army says the mauling is being investigated and the bear attacked in a remote section

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