Photos capture war photographer's last seconds alive

This photo taken by one of the Afghan soldiers at the moment of the explosion (Army University Press)
This photo taken by one of the Afghan soldiers at the moment of the explosion (Army University Press)

Bone chilling images have been released by the United States Army University Press showing the last seconds of a photographer and soldiers' lives.

United States Army Specialist Hilda Clayton, 22, was in Afghanistan when she was assigned to photograph a live-training exercise near the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Specialist Hilda Clayton (US Army)
Specialist Hilda Clayton (US Army)

The blast happened in 2013 however Ms Clayton's family have now given permission for the photo's release.

In the two photos released, one shows two soldiers covering their ears just milliseconds after the explosion and the second, a low-angle shot of soldier covering their ears as the blast goes off.

This photo was taken by US Army Specialist Hilda Clayton (Army University Press)
This photo was taken by US Army Specialist Hilda Clayton (Army University Press)

Four Afghan soldiers were also killed in the blast that happened because a mortar tube accidentally went off.

The Army University Press say Ms Clayton has been honoured with an award for best camera work being named after her.

"Not only did Clayton help document activities aimed at shaping and strengthening the partnership, but she also shared in the risk by participating in the effort," they said.

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