Police dismiss speculation on explosives used in Caruana Galizia murder

A news report this morning claimed the material used to blow up Daphne Caruana Galizia's car was TNT but the police say all speculation on the type of explosive used in the murder is 'hearsay'. Europol analysts expected in Malta

From Semtex to TNT, news reports over the past week have reported on the type of explosive that was used in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia but the police have put a lid on the speculation insisting this was all "hearsay".

In a statement this morning, the police said tests and investigations were still ongoing in Malta and abroad to establish what bomb material was used to blow up the car that Caruana Galizia was driving.

“Any reference made to any kind of material used in the bomb was hearsay,” the police said, adding it was "too premature" to speculate.

A news report appearing in this morning's In-Nazzjon said the material used was TNT, which is available in Malta. The report contradicted claims in other sections of the media that the explosive was Semtex, a powerful military-grade material.

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Journalist Anne Marlowe, who had exposed the fuel smuggling ring between Libya, Italy and Malta back in 2015, also took to Twitter to say that her sources in Libya told her the Semtex that killed Caruana Galizia came from the North African state.

Information from the police has so far been scant, however, they did confirm that three Europol analysts will be arriving in Malta this week to assist in the murder investigation.

Caruana Galizia was assassinated in a car bomb on 16 October just after leaving her house in Bidnija.