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Panama Papers journalist killed by car bomb

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat calls bombing a ‘barbaric act’

A Maltese journalist responsible for the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in her country has been killed by a car bomb near her home.

“Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle's wreckage spiralling over a wall and into a field,” the ABC reports.

“Ms Caruana Galizia - an outspoken journalist who had no qualms about writing critically of her subjects - had filed a police report 15 days ago saying she was being threatened,” the Times of Malta says.

Most recently, Galizia had revealed links between Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, to offshore companies involved in the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan, according to The Guardian.

"Everyone knows Ms Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way," Muscat said.

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