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Ten Arrested In Raid On Mafia Meeting

April 22, 1988

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) _ Police raided a Mafia ″summit″ meeting at a seaside villa and arrested 10 people, authorities said today.

At least six others escaped.

Police seized a bulletproof car, a bulletproof vest, a revolver, ammunition and large amounts of stolen goods during the Thursday night raid.

Six men and four women were arrested on charges of Mafia association. Investigators said they are believed to be part of an organized crime family linked to Salvatore Pillera, the reputed head of the Catania Mafia who is currently on trial in Turin.

Six or seven other people fled shortly before agents burst into the villa, police said.

In recent weeks, two people have been shot dead in the Catania area controlled by the gang, police said.

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