Thirty minutes after publishing a story accusing the Prime Minister’s chief of staff of corruption, 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.
Political leaders in the country are calling the bombing a "political murder."
“I condemn without reservations this barbaric attack on a person and on the freedom of expression in our country,”Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in a statement. “Everyone is aware that Ms. Caruana Galizia was one of my harshest critics, politically and personally, as she was for others too. However, I can never use, in any way, this fact to justify, in any possible way, this barbaric act that goes against civilization and all dignity.”
"Daphne has played a vitally important role in unearthing serious allegations of money laundering and corruption in Malta, including those involving senior figures in the Maltese government," said Sven Giegold, a Greens member in the European Parliament.