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Two Killed in Calabria

May 12, 1988

REGGIO DI CALABRIA, Italy (AP) _ Two men opened rifle fire Wednesday in a city office of the small Calabrian town of Africo Nuovo, killing an accountant and wounding a traffic officer, Italian media reported.

The Italian news agency AGI identified the accountant as Leo Mollica and said he had a criminal record.

Police said the attack appeared linked to a feud between rival clans.

In another killing, also said perhaps linked to the ’ndrangheta, the Calabrian version of the Sicilian Mafia, a 61-year-old man was shot and killed as he rode his motorbike on a road outside the provincial capital of Reggio di Calabria, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. It identified the man as Francesco Madafferi.

The attackers in both cases escaped.

Killings occurr regularly in Reggio di Calabria in what police say is a battle to control drug trafficking and extortion rackets and to gain lucrative construction contracts in the underdeveloped south.

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