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Italy could add more soldiers in Naples crime war

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December 7, 2012 09:05 AM EST | AP


ROME — More Italian soldiers could be headed to Naples, which is reeling from a mob killing at a nursery school.

Interior Minister Annamaria Cancellieri, visiting the school Friday, told reporters that the government is deciding how many more troops to deploy.

On Wednesday, gunmen believed to be from the Camorra crime syndicate pursued a man into the school, fatally shooting him in the back and head. The man allegedly dealt drugs for a rival clan.

The school's students were elsewhere in the facility practicing for a Christmas pageant, and none was hurt.

Crime turf wars in Naples have claimed some 400 lives since 2004. Over the years, hundreds of troops have been deployed to the southern region.