PHOTOS: The Moment A Mortar Killed Army Combat Photographer

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The U.S. Army has published images captured by a combat photographer just as a mortar burst, killing four and her Afghan soldiers.

Spc. Hilda Clayton of the 55th Signal Company was taking photos of some live-fire training exercise when a mortar round accidentally exploded in its own tube. Clayton was training an army photojournalist.

Afghan soldiers that the moment a mortar round accidentally went off in its own tube. Inspired with an Afghan Army photographer. Resource: U.S. Army

Spc. Hilda Clayton captures the moment a mortar round explodes in its tube. Resource: U.S. Army/Spc. Hilda Clayton

“Clayton’s death signifies how feminine soldiers are increasingly exposed to hazardous scenarios in training and in combat on par with their male counterparts,” said an Army statement.

The Army included the name of Clayton and called an award after her for the yearly competition of Combat Camera.

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