Malta CAR BOMB: Explosion at tourist hotspot leaves at least one dead

17 October, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Brenda Erickson

Ms Galizia, lived in Bidnija, a short distance from where the auto bomb exploded.

At a press briefing, Joseph Muscat (centre-left), whose close friends and family has been the target of violent attacks by Daphne Caruana Galizia, has denounced an act of "barbaric" and ordered the security forces to concentrate all of their resources.

No group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack according to news accounts at this writing.

The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2:35pm on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3pm.

She had alleged that Muscat's wife, Michelle, as well as Muscat's energy minister, held offshore holdings in Panama.

Muscat described Caruana Galizia - who was recently described by Politico as a "one-woman WikiLeaks" - as "one of my harshest critics, on a political and personal level".

Malta has a population of 400,000 and is the European Union's smallest state.

Caruana Galizia ran a hugely popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines.

Local media reports indicated that in recent days she had filed a police report complaining of death threats.

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"I will not rest until I see justice done in this case", he said in a statement, calling for national unity.

Malta's president, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who claimed to have no political affiliations, set her sights on a wide range of targets, from banks facilitating money laundering to links between Malta's online gaming industry and the Mafia. One son, Matthew, was on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Panama Papers scandal.

Caruana Galizia, 53, had spent the a year ago publishing stories about allegations of corruption involving Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his closest allies.

European politicians expressed dismay at her death.

Caruana Galizia had enjoyed a successful career in journalism, working for several of the major titles in Malta.

Muscat said he has asked the US government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help investigating the vehicle bombing.

Ms Caruana Galizia is survived by her husband and three sons.

Julian Assange is known for his anti-corruption campaigns and had great sympathy for Daphne Caruana Galizia's battle against corruption in Malta.

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