Italy shooting: Four killed in Southern Italy's Puglia region

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

Plain clothes police officers search the area around a auto where they found the body of a man who, according to Italian news agency ANSA, was among 4 people killed by gunmen in an apparent Mafia hit, near Foggia, in the southern Italian region of Puglia, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

The four victims were traveling on board two different vehicles when they were shot dead by a 4-5 person commando on board another vehicle, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno regional newspaper reported. The fourth victims was pulled alive from the truck but died from his injuries soon after reaching hospital, police said.

The target of the attack, in the countryside between the towns of Apricena and San Severo, was Mario Romito, 50, a boss of the Puglia mafia.

A total of 17 people have been killed so far this year in the suspected mafia killings and a further two people have disappeared and are feared dead.

Puglia's mafia, called the Sacra Colonna Unita, is Italy's fourth main organised crime syndicate, after the Calabrian mafia ('Ndrangheta), the Naples mafia (Camorra) and the Sicilian mafia (Cosa Nostra).

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