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Pulitzer Prize 2012: Winner Massoud Hossaini's Image Of Weeping Girl After Suicide Bomb In Kabul

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Tarana Akbari screams in the aftermath of a suicide bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP/Getty

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.

Scroll down to see the image in full. WARNING: Some viewers may find the photograph distressing

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.

Click here for a comprehensive list of winners.

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