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Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Girl hit in Mafia shooting dies
Annalisa Durante
Annalisa was chatting with friends outside her home
A 14-year-old girl shot in the head after becoming caught in a Mafia ambush in the Italian city of Naples has died.

Annalisa Durante was chatting with a friend and cousin outside her home in central Forcella neighbourhood when she was grabbed as a human shield.

It is thought the target of the killers was the member of a family clan that used to control the area.

Sunday's incident has provoked sorrow and rage among local residents, who fear an escalation in Mafia killings.

Annalisa was hit in the back of the head by a bullet.

Witnesses say two men on a scooter opened fire as the girl was chatting outside her home.

Their objective is believed to be Salvatore Giuliano, a member of the powerful Giuliano clan who once controlled the neighbourhood.

He was released from jail recently.

Turf war

The girl's aunt, who witnessed the shooting, said a man was fleeing from his attackers, and grabbed Annalisa, using her as a shield.

The police are hunting the two men.

The incident has shocked Naples, scene of a bloody Mafia turf war during the 1980s.

The local priest accused the state of leaving the neighbourhood to the mercy of the Camorra, the Neapolitan Mafia.

There is also concern that the attempted attack on a member of the Giuliano clan could mark an upsurge in mob violence following a rift within the ruling alliance.

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