Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Survives Afghanistan Attack

Massoud Hossaini was in class at Kabul's American University when all Taliban hell broke loose.

MassoudHossainiTwitterIn his Twitter bio, AP photographer Massoud Hossaini wryly states that he was born in the wrong place (Afghanistan), raised in the wrong place (Iran) and lives in the wrong place (Kabul). Today, in Kabul, the very real underpinning of those sentiments came to the fore.

As Hossaini initially revealed via Twitter, he was in class at the American University when a Taliban militant attack against the school was launched. From a just-posted AP report:

“I went to the window to see what was going on, and I saw a person in normal clothes outside. He shot at me and shattered the glass,” Hossaini said, adding that he fell on the glass and cut his hands.

The students then barricaded themselves into the classroom, pushing chairs and desks against the door, and staying on the floor.

Hossaini and nine fellow students were eventually able to escape and take refuge in a nearby home. He won the Breaking News Photography Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for a harrowing shot of a 12-year-old girl reacting to the devastation caused by a suicide bombing in Kabul.