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In pictures: Mafia crackdown in Naples
Police raid
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Around 1,000 Italian paramilitary police raided homes in Naples in a massive operation targeting Mafia gangs.
Ciro Di Lauro
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Police said that among 53 people arrested was Ciro Di Lauro, son of alleged mobster boss Paolo Di Lauro. A feud within the Di Lauro clan is thought to be behind an upsurge in violence.
Police search a sewer
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The police operation was concentrated on the poor districts of Secondigliano and Scampia. Sniffer dogs and helicopters were used in the police swoop.
Suspect being searched
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The operation dealt a "real blow" to the Naples mafia - known as the Camorra - according to Italy's interior minister.
Mafia killing
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At least 23 people died in mafia-related violence in the city last month, and more than 100 this year.
Police at scene of Mafia killing
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Some victims were killed as they ate in pizza restaurants, waited in cars or walked in the street. Most were shot dead.
Demonstration against the violence
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The bloody mob turf war prompted Naples residents to stage candlelit processions against the violence.

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