Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent investigative journalist in Malta, has been killed after a powerful bomb exploded in her car, police said, in an incident that stunned the small island country,
The 53-year-old had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta, when the bomb went off on Monday, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiralling over a wall.
The force of the blast reduced her car to pieces and catapulted the journalist’s body into a nearby field, witnesses said. She leaves behind a husband and three sons.
Caruana Galizia ran a hugely popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption by politicians from across party lines.
She had also exposed Malta’s links with the so-called Panama Papers document leak, which revealed the identities of the rich and powerful around the world with offshore holdings in the Central American country.
“There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate,” Caruana Galizia wrote in a blog published on her site just half an hour before an explosion tore into her car.
H/t reader Squodgy:
“Malta has been a tax avoidance nest for the PTB for decades.
Sadly, she was getting close to the truth.”
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