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Italy's interior ministry has placed Lucia Borsellino under protection

The 46-year-old recently resigned a senior post in the health system in Sicily after being praised by investigators for her help in a probe into suspected mafia infiltration.

Fears she could now be targeted by the mafia have led to her being accorded a bullet-proof car and bodyguards, despite her reluctance to have them.

The bomb which killed her anti-mafia father Paolo Borsellino also killed five of his six bodyguards.

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