A senior politician in Italy’s Calabria region was shot dead as he voted in the opposition primaries. Francesco Fortugno, the region’s vice-president and head of the centre-left Margherita party, was killed as he left a voting booth in the town of Locri. Police say two gunmen approached the 54-year-old doctor and shot him five times. Officials say it appears to be a killing by the mafia, but add it is too early to rule out other lines of inquiry. In June, the government warned that the Calabrian mafia had become the most dangerous in southern Italy.