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VALLETTA Maltese police have arrested 10 suspects in the murder of an anti-corruption blogger, the country’s prime minister said on Monday.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was killed almost two months ago after her car was blown up as she drove away from her house in northern Malta.

All of the suspects are Maltese nationals and most have a criminal record, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said, without providing any further details. The police have 48 hours to question the suspects, arraign them or release them.

Mr Muscat initially announced eight arrests at a press conference, then later said on Twitter that two more had been apprehended.

“Authorities have all areas of interest under control since early this morning and searches are under way,” he said.

 A section of Lighters Wharf in Marsa was sealed off early on Monday as helicopters circled above. Military and police used sniffer dogs to search.

Caruana Galizia wrote a popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged graft targeting politicians from across party lines.

Caruana Galizia was following leads from the Panama Papers, which were leaked in 2015 and show how the world’s rich use offshore firms to hide their wealth. She had also accused senior figures in the government and opposition of corruption and money laundering.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/ten-suspects-arrested-over-bloggers-murder-in-malta-pm-says-20171204-gzynuj.html

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