Two brothers killed in suspected Sicilian Mafia hit

Other News Materials 12 February 2008 14:33 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Two brothers - sons of a namesake of jailed Mafia godfather Salvatore (Toto) Riina - were shot dead Tuesday in a suspected Mafia killing in Partinico, Sicily, news reports said.

Giuseppe and Giancarlo Riina were gunned down as they left a bar in a Partinico square at around 7 a.m., the ANSA news agency said.

A third man, Fulvio Giordano, was wounded in the attack, the report said. His condition was described as not serious.

The brothers died not far from where their father, Salvatore - no relation to mafia don Toto Riina - was himself killed in a 1998 Mafia attack in Partinico, a small town some 30 kilometres from Sicily's capital, Palermo.

The Riina brothers were active in the local building industry and Giordano was described by ANSA as their business associate.

"The situation in Partinico's Mafia establishment is extremely volatile," anti-Mafia prosecutor Francesco Del Bene said in relation to Tuesday's killings and the recent arrests of local top mobsters.

Mafia boss Toto Riina, who, as head of the Corleonesi clan, rose to become Sicily's most powerful godfather, was arrested in 1993 and is serving multiple life sentences for murder.