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    U.S Army combat camera photographer Spc. Hilda Clayton took this photo July 2, 2013 that was released by the U.S. Army, that shows an Afghan soldier engulfed in flame as a mortar tube explodes during an Afghan National Army live-fire training exercise in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. The accident killed Clayton and four Afghan National Army soldiers

    US Army Releases Last Image of Military Photographer Capturing Own Death

    © AP Photo / Spc. Hilda Clayton/U.S. Army
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    The US military has released a photo made by an army photographer moments before her tragic demise during a training accident.

    Specialist Hilda Clayton, a US military visual information specialist, was killed along with four soldiers of the Afghan National Army when a mortar tube accidentally exploded during a live-fire training exercise.

    The photo, snapped on July 2, 2013, depicts the very moment of the mortar's explosion, and was published by Military Review along with a picture taken at the same time by Clayton’s Afghan counterpart who was among the victims of this incident.

    The photo snapped by Clayton's Afghan colleague at the moment of the explosion.

    According to Military Review, Clayton’s death "symbolizes how female soldiers are increasingly exposed to hazardous situations in training and in combat on par with their male counterparts."

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