Pictured above: Emanuele Rubino faces 16 years in jail
Costa Nostra, the underground organisation, is embroiled in a deadly turf war with African gangs who have entered under false pretences
by, Jessica Haworth | The Mirror
The Mafia has declared war on African migrants in the Sicilian town of Palermo after an intense power struggle between the two groups.
Conflict broke out last week after a violent gangster shot an innocent Gambian man was shot through the head in the street.
This comes as gangs of African criminals reportedly sneaked into the country in the shadows of legitimate immigrants.
Now, the mayor of Palermo has revealed that the Mafia has grown angry over the town ‘resembling the Middle East ‘ – and warned it is bound to get worse.
Mayor Leoluca Orlando told Mail Online: “In the past, when the Mafia was more powerful, it prevented any immigrants from entering the city. Until I was 30 years old, I never saw an African or Asian in Palermo.
“The Mafia has not understood that the city has changed. We are now a city of immigrants, and the Mafia bosses no longer sit in the mayor’s chair.”
“Palermo is a Middle Eastern town in Europe. It is a mosaic city and we are happy about that.”
Last week, Emanuele Rubino was arrested after he shot Yuspaha Susso in the skull.
Pictured above: Yusapha Susso survived the attack
Miraculously, 21-year-old Mr Susso survived after the bullet grazed his brain and came out of the other side.
But the brutal shooting – by a man dubbed as an ‘animal’ – sparked fury among locals.
Mr Orlando dubbed the shooting as a ‘huge mistake’ as the city’s police now has its sights set firmly on the gangsters.
A video of the attack shows the moment Rubino retrieves a gun from a nearby building and returns to shoot Mr Susso.
Video courtesy of: Viral Tube
The incident happened after a fight broke out between Mr Susso and his friends and local mobsters.
Innocent Mr Susso was reportedly on his way home from playing football in a nearby park at the time of the shooting.
If convicted, Rubino faces 16 years in jail for the crime.
Rubino’s neighbour Giovanni Zinna, warned: “It is the beginning of a war between the Mafia and the migrants. It is going to get worse. I am scared.
“There will be more migrants, more friction, more attacks. This was the first shooting, but it won’t be the last.”
Many of the African gangs the Mafia are fighting have entered under false pretences, posing as migrants to gain access.
Immigration into Italy has increased by 90 percent in the past three months alone.