Italian politician killed in Mafia-style shooting

Masked gunmen believed to be Mafiosi shot dead a senior southern Italian politician as he was leaving a polling station on Sunday in the worst killing of its kind in the region in 16 years.

Police said two gunmen shot Francesco Fortugno, 54-year-old vice president of the regional government of the southern Calabria region, just minutes after he had voted in a national primary.

The killing cast a pall over the primaries, called to choose who will lead the centre left in the contest against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government in next year’s general election. The gunmen shot Fortugno, a member of a centre-left party, five times as he left the polling station in the town of Locri.

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