Mob gunmen in a passing car opened fire on a rival gangster and his girlfriend and her children in another car which Italian police describe as a vendetta attack involving Sacra Corona Unita or the Puglian Mafia as reported by ANSA:
The target was believed to be Cosimo Orlando, 43, who was shot behind the wheel beside his partner Carla Maria Fornari, 30, who was holding her two-year-old boy, all of whom were killed. Two more children in the backseat, a six- and seven-year-old, were unharmed.
Last January hitmen from the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia whacked three-year-old Nicola Campolongo or "Coco" as part of a revenge attack against the lad's grandfather Salvatore Iannicelli who apparently failed to pay a drug debt.
Mob groupies and Hollywood movies perpetuate a story line that the Mafia respects children; it's a big lie.
Indeed, "the idea that the mafia does not kill children is a historic lie . . . cultivated over a long period with care by the men of dishonour," says Goffredo Buccini as reported by AFP.
Rosy Bindi, president of the Italian parliament anti-Mafia commission, said that yesterday's slaughter "is confirmation that there is no mafia code and it has never existed" as reported by Nick Pisa for the Daily Mail: "they have always killed, even women and children."
Sadly, there's a long list of young victims which expose the Italian Mafia as nothing but an evil society which exists as the devil incarnate as reported ANSA.
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