Businessman killed in St Paul’s Bay car bomb explosion
A businessman was killed in an explosion that took place in St Paul’s Bay yesterday morning.
The blast was most likely caused by a car bomb. The explosion took place in Paderborn Street at around 7am.
The man, John Camilleri, known as Giovanni tas-Sapun, 67, was certified dead on site. He was driving a Mitsubishi Pajero when the explosion took place. The man runs a business selling bathroom amenities.
The man was on his way to a property he owns in the vicinity.
With the blast, parts of the car ended up on roofs of buildings nearby.
In an initial short statement, the police confirmed that a man had died in the incident. It did not say what had caused the explosion, adding that more details will be given to the media during the day. The police later said that the man was from Naxxar and that the explosion took place at the corner of Paderborn Street with Ġifen Street.
Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras is conducting an inquiry.
Several roads in the area have been closed off to traffic as the investigation continues. Several cars parked in the vicinity were damaged in the blast.