Italian mayor killed in Mafia-like execution

The mayor was hailed for his commitment to fighting organised crime.

Rome: A southern Italian mayor hailed for his commitment to fighting organised crime has been killed in a Mafia-style execution.

News report and the local prosecutor say Angelo Vassallo was found dead in the village of Acciaroli, his body riddled by bullets. The ANSA news agency said the 57-year-old was shot today in his car near his home.

The prosecutor leading the investigation, Alfredo Greco, says the killing bore the hallmarks of a "nasty execution" and said Vassallo`s "corpse is riddled by bullets”.

The prosecutor also tells Sky Italia that he believed Vassallo was killed because he "opposed illegality”.

The coastal village is about 95 miles south of Naples in a region plagued by the Camorra crime syndicate.