When evil fights back, good people may pay the ultimate price.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent Maltese journalist and blogger has made that sacrifice as she met her untimely end through a car bomb on Monday.

Galiza is reputed for her repeated and detailed corruption allegations against Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's inner circle.

Muscat condemned the killing as a "barbaric" act and ordered security services to devote maximum resources to bringing those responsible to justice.

"What happened today is unacceptable on various levels. Today is a black day for our democracy and our freedom of speech," he told reporters.

Caruana Galizia, 53, died mid-afternoon, close to her home in Bidnija in the north of the island.

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The force of the blast reduced her car to pieces and catapulted the journalist's body into a nearby field, witnesses said.

She leaves a husband and three sons.

Thousands of people, holding candles and waving placards, poured into the streets in the island's northeast resort town Sliema for a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the reporter.

People left candles, flowers and messages of support at makeshift shrines in the street.

"When the people fear their government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is LIBERTY," read one sign left on the pavement with flowers and candles.

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