A diplomat who was investigating missing flight MH370 has reportedly been shot dead.
Honorary Consul of Malaysia Zahid Raza was killed in what appears to be an assassination last week in Antananarivo, Madagascar, news.co.au reports.
Debris which was found in 2016. Credit: PA
Blaine Gibson, an American detective, who has been collecting debris from the doomed flight as it washes up in Madagascar and Mozambique, said Raza was due to bring new items relating to the case to investigators just before he was killed.
Flight MH370 set off 8 March 2014 and has never been found; the search was officially called off in January this year. Since its mysterious disappearance, conspiracy theories about what happened to the plane and the 239 people on board have grown online.
Tributes and messages left for those on-board Flight MH370. Credit: PA
Gibson has said he's received death threats since he began his self-financed investigation into what happened to Flight MH370.
In his blog, Gibson wrote: "For the protection of those involved we decided not to make this report public until the debris was safely delivered to Malaysia.
Debris from the doomed flight has been washing up. Credit: PA
"However tragic events have intervened. Under the agreement between the two countries, debris is supposed to be collected by Hon. Zahid Raza, the Honorary Malaysian Consul in Madagascar, and delivered by private courier to Malaysia.
"On August 24, the Hon. Zahid Raza was assassinated in Antananarivo."
Gendarmerie squad at the shoreline, between Sainte-Marie and Sainte-Suzanne, to check for aircraft debris. Credit PA
He went on to release the details of two 'significant' pieces of debris that have been recently found.
A second investigator, Dr Iannello, who worked with Australian investigators to try and pinpoint the crash site, saying that Raza's death 'raised questions'.
Despite speculation, the death of Raza has not been linked to his involvement with any investigation into Flight MH370.
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