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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Italian Mafia War claims 117th Victim

A mafia war has erupted this year between gangs linked to the Camorra, the name of the local Neopolitan Mafia and its once all-powerful clan, the Di Lauro family. A splinter group known as the "secessionists", has been trying to assert its control over drugs and prostitution rackets in an impoverished area called Scampia, on the northern outskirts of the southern Italian city of Naples. This current war is mild to one in the 1980's which killed some 700 people. News.com.au reports:

ITALIAN police have arrested three more members of a local mafia group that is waging a bloody turf war in the southern port city of Naples, officials said, as media reported the stand-off had claimed its 117th victim.

Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said the new arrests, which bring to 10 the number of mafiosi behind bars, meant police had "struck a third hard blow against the Camorra", the Neapolitan mafia.

The gang is engaged in a grisly vendetta over drugs distribution with a splinter group, which has left 117 people, including innocent passers-by, dead since January. Italian news agency Ansa said the latest death came late on Saturday, but gave no further details.

The conflict pits local mafia boss Paolo Di Lauro - aka Circuzzo the Millionaire - who is in hiding, against former members of his organisation who have formed a splinter group.
Mafia turf war claims 117th victim [news.com.au, Nov 29, 2004]
Police smash Naples Mafia 'summit' [bbc, Nov 25, 2004]
Mafia turf war grips Naples [bbc, Nov 24, 2004]