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Mafia 'may have outsourced' Falcone murder

Pisanu says Mob possibly sought technical expertise for murder

Mafia 'may have outsourced' Falcone murder

Rome, January 9 - The Mafia may have brought in technical experts to plant the road bomb that murdered anti-Mob prosecutor Giovanni Falcone and his companions, the head of an anti-Mafia commission said Wednesday. In a surprising statement, Beppe Pisanu said that the bomb that killed Falcone required "special technical competence", which may have been found outside the Mafia, to make sure the huge blast - from more than 500 kilos of gelignite, TNT and plastic explosive - all went upwards into the prosecutor's car and was not dispersed sideways. Pisanu is chair of the commission that has been probing alleged negotiations between the Italian State and the Mafia after the bombings that killed Falcone and fellow anti-Mafia prosecutor Paolo Borsellino in 1992. It has been suggested that State officials entered negotiations with Cosa Nostra in a bid to stop the attacks. Several of their bodyguards and Falcone's wife were also killed in the blasts. Pisanu's suggestion that the Mafia may have outsourced part of the murders, possibly to a terrorist group calling itself Falange Army, came as news to many. "On the scene of the attacks and massacres, we have seen appear, here and there, figures that remained unknown...where did they come from?" said Pisanu, suggesting much is still not known about the murders. ßßß "I could go on with similar questions. But suffice it to say that, at the conclusion of our investigation, we have not yet dispelled many of the shadows," around the Mafia's actions.

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