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US army pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tures her own demise in ac­ci­den­tal mor­tar ex­plo­sion

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WASHINGTON

THE United States Army has re­leased two pho­to­graphs that show the mo­ment an ac­ci­den­tal mor­tar tube ex­plo­sion killed five peo­ple in Afghanistan, in­clud­ing an Amer­i­can com­bat pho­togra- pher who took one of the images just be­fore her death.

Army Spe­cial­ist Hilda I. Clay­ton was photographing a live-fire train­ing ex­er­cise on July 2, 2013, in Lagh­man Province, east of Kabul, when a mor­tar tube ex­ploded, killing her and four Afghan army sol­diers, ac­cord­ing to the US army mag­a­zine Mil­i­tary Re­view.

One of the Afghan sol­diers killed in the blast was a pho­to­jour­nal­ist who was train­ing with Clay­ton.

It said there has been dis­cus­sion about the de­ci­sion to pub­lish the images taken by Clay­ton and her Afghan coun­ter­part.

“This edi­tion of the Mil­i­tary Re­view is fo­cused on pro­mot­ing the con­cepts of gen­der equal­ity and these pho­to­graphs il­lus­trate the dan­gers our mil­i­tary men and women face both in train­ing and in com­bat,” the mag­a­zine said. Reuters

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Hilda I. Clay­ton

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