Like Basil in Fawlty Towers with his German guests, and his request "don't mention the war".
(ANSA) - Palermo, June 13 - A top Palermo mafioso was gunned down in the street on Wednesday, just minutes after leaving a local police station where he had signed a register for suspects under special surveillance.Nicolo' Ingarao, 46, who was recently sentenced to nine years in jail for Mafia crimes, was shot at least four times by assailants who then fled on a motorbike. He died a little later despite the attempts of ambulance medics to revive him.Ingarao was close to his home when he was ambushed. A group of relatives and acquaintances quickly gathered at the scene of the crime, some of them shouting and weeping.Because of the high profile of the victim, Mafia investigators expressed fears that friction between different clans could be growing in the wake of the arrest of 'boss of bosses' Bernardo Provenzano last year."This murder certainly indicates a flare-up inside Cosa Nostra," said Palermo anti-Mafia prosecutor Guido Lo Forte.Noting that Ingarao was head of a Mafia 'family', experts said the murder was especially worrying as it came three days after the slaying of a relative of two mafiosi arrested for extorsion."It's perhaps too early to talk about a new Mafia war, but we certainly have to keep our guard up," Palermo's chief prosecutor Francesco Messineo said.