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Photojournalist Massoud Hossaini has been confirmed as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.

The harrowing image of 12 year old Tarana Akbari dressed in a green dress and headscarf which she now no longer wears shows her surrounded by dead bodies following a suicide attack in Kabul.

The bombing that killed at least 70 people on December 6, 2011 portrays the sheer devastation of war. Members of the dead included 7 of Tarana’s family who had travelled to Kabul to celebrate the Ashura holiday.

Hossaini who works for Agence France-Press who was born in Kabul told Press TV: “I still can’t go back and look at the pictures I took on that Ashura day.”

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