By Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home, WikiLeaks has reported.
The prominent blogger in Malta died when her car, a Peugeot 108, exploded shortly after she left her home in Bidnija.
Galizia, 53, ran a well know blog, one which attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers
She relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged corruption, which often included politicians from the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, whom Galizia often accused of corruption, denounced her murder.
According to him, “I condemn without reservations this barbaric attack on a person and on the freedom of expression in our country,” he said in a televised statement.
He added that, “everyone knows Ms Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, as she was for others too. There could be no justification… in any way for such action. I will not rest before justice is done.”
At this moment no group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the murder.
She was even recently described by the Politico website as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.