A mortar shell exploded during a training exercise in Afghanistan in July 2013, killing four Afghan soldiers and a U.S. Army photographer, Specialist Hilda Clayton. Clayton was training one of them in photojournalism, and both were shooting as the shell exploded.
The photos were released by the U.S. Army today. Clayton's is below, the unnamed student's above.
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The Army said that "not only did Clayton help document activities aimed at shaping and strengthening the [US-Afghan] partnership but she also shared in the risk by participating in the effort."
The visual information specialist, who was from the US state of Georgia, has had a photography award named in her honour by the Department of Defense.