Nicolo Ingarao, 46, reputed Mafia boss in Palermo, was shot and killed in his Sicilian home city in broad daylight today, according to a report published by the Agence France-Presse news agency. (AFP indicated that it was quoting an earlier ANSA news agency story.)
Ingarao was shot at least four times as he left a police station where he was required to report each day as a condition of his house arrest.
Authorities labeled Ingarao the underworld boss of an area in central Palermo. He was placed under house arrest while awaiting trial on charges filed against him in June 2006. His trial was scheduled for next April.
Sicilian authorities are concerned that Ingarao's killing could trigger a Mafia clan war.
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