AFP photographer Massoud Hossaini has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his heartbreaking image of a girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber's attack on a crowded shrine in Kabul.
Dressed in a green headscarf with her face streaked with the blood of the dead around her, 12-year-old Tarana Akbari stands open-mouthed as she surveys the devastation around her. Children are among the bodies piled around her.
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The harrowing shot was taken at the Abul Fazel Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 6 December 2011 and has secured Hossaini $10,000 in the breaking news photography category.
The bombing, carried out as part of a coordinated attack during Ashura ceremonies commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, killed at least 54 people, including Taraneh's brother, aunts and uncles.
Kabul-born Hossaini, who was injured by flying shrapnel, told Press TV: "I still can't go back and look at the pictures I took on that Ashura day."
Huffington Post senior military correspondent David Wood was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting.
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