A bazooka was discovered Tuesday near a courthouse in southern Italy in what police said was the latest act of intimidation by the 'ndrangheta mob against prosecutors.
The Yugoslavian-made weapon, frequently used by the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate, was not in working order when found but was clearly intended to intimidate Reggio Calabria chief prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone, police said.
The 'ndrangheta, which is heavily involved in drug trafficking and money laundering, is the Calabrian version of the Sicilian Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra. Some investigators say 'ndrangheta is now more powerful than Cosa Nostra, especially in spreading its influence abroad.
Recently, however, prosecutors have been cracking down on the group. In July, police announced a major bust in arresting some 300 people after infiltrating weddings and other intimate 'ndrangheta gatherings.