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Mafia Suspect Who Survived First Attack Killed In Hospital

June 9, 1988

REGGIO DI CALABRIA, Italy (AP) _ An alleged gangster who survived a mob-style attack two years ago was gunned down in a hospital corridor. Police described the slaying as part of an underworld feud.

An official of the Carabinieri, Italy’s paramilitary force, said a gunman, firing an automatic weapon, killed Francesco Stillittano, 34, on Wednesday.

Stillittano was hit 10 times, including in the head and the heart, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The victim was in Polyclinic Hospital, apparently to visit his daughter, the official said, and was shot in a hallway near an entrance.

He said the gunman escaped, possible aided by an accomplice, and that the investigation has been hampered by reluctance of witnesses to talk to police.

Two years ago, Stillittano, who has been convicted of criminal association, was leaving his house to go to work in a pastry shop when gunmen opened fire. Stillittano was injured and a railway worker who accidentally got into the way was killed, the Carabinieri official said.

Police said both attacks appeared connected to a bloody rivalry between two clans of the ’ndrangheta, Calabria’s version of the Mafia.

Reggio Di Calabria, at the tip of the Italian peninsula, is Italy’s deadliest province, where police say mob families are engaged in a bitter battle for control of construction and other public contracts.

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