Naples Experiencing a Wave of Organized Crime-Related Killings

PERUGIA, Italy -- Naples, Italy's third largest city, is experiencing a wave of killings that has left 12 dead in 10 days. The killings are the result of a feud between clans belonging to the Camorra, the loose criminal system operating in the region of Naples.

Interceptions collected throughout the year by the Carabinieri -- the Italian military police -- in the Neapolitan quarter of La Sanita' were published last week by Il Mattino, Naples' most widely read newspaper. After the killing of a clansman, an unidentified man was quoted as saying: "Now I will repay you with the same currency, I will kill some son of yours while he is going to work, and then I will also kill your sons in the cradles."

This summer, a series of violent muggings also occurred in Naples, mostly involving tourists. In August, for instance, an 26-year-old American visiting the city chased and stopped one of the two criminals who had robbed him of his camera, only then to be beaten by an angry mob that rushed to the criminal's defense.

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