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In Italy, officials seek help vs. mob

Authorities in Southern Italy are asking the army to help protect magistrates who have received death threats for prosecuting the Mafia, officials said.

Authorities in Southern Italy are asking the army to help protect magistrates who have received death threats for prosecuting the Mafia, officials said.

Investigating magistrates in Calabria, which is home to the powerful ‘Ndrangheta organized crime group, have received threatening phone calls in recent days after a bomb attack in August in which no one was hurt.

A central government representative met local prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone and another senior Calabrian magistrate yesterday and put in the request for military assistance — which must be approved by Rome.

Long overshadowed by the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, the ‘Ndrangheta has expanded out of its southern homeland to play a major role in the international drugs trade from South America and in organized crime in Europe. It is now considered the most powerful criminal body in Italy.

 
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