The prominent blogger in Malta, who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, exploded shortly after she left her home in Bidnija.

Daphne Galizia, 53, ran a well know blog, one which attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged corruption, which often included politicians from the Mediterranean island of Malta.

She was even recently described by the Politico website as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, whom Ms Galizia often accused of corruption, denounced her murder.

“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. “Everyone knows Ms Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, as she was for others too.”

But he stressed 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.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was 53 and leaves behind a husband and three sons.