Forty Mafia suspects sought by police in Italy

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30 August 2007, Rome (dpa) - Police in southern Italy on Thursday were seeking to arrest 40 suspected members of the 'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian Mafia, after arrest warrants were issued against them, Ansa news agency reported.

30 August 2007

Rome (dpa) - Police in southern Italy on Thursday were seeking to arrest 40 suspected members of the 'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian Mafia, after arrest warrants were issued against them, Ansa news agency reported.

The large-scale police action came two weeks after six Italians were shot dead in Germany in a suspected Mafia feud originating from the focus of Thursday's operation, the village of San Luca in Calabria.

Hundreds of police and Carabinieri (paramilitary police) sealed off the 4,200-person community on Thursday morning to prevent escapes and helicopters flying overhead supervised the operation.

It was unclear how many of the 40 wanted individuals had been arrested. They are suspected of murder, weapons smuggling and belonging to an organized crime network.

Three suspected Mafiosi were discovered in a bunker under a house in the centre of the village.

Thursday's operation was the result of a complex investigation predating the Duisburg killings, police chief Antonio Fiano was quoted by the ADN Kronos news agency as saying.

On August 15, six males aged 16 to 39 were found shot in the head in two vehicles parked outside an Italian restaurant in the German city of Duisburg.

The victims were all members of the Pelle-Romeo family from San Luca in Reggio Calabria, police in Rome said. The killers reportedly came from the Strangio-Nirta clan. Both families have been involved in a long-running dispute.

One of the Duisburg victims was a chief suspect in the December 2006 murder of Maria Strangio, the wife of the suspected leader of the Strangio-Nirta clan.

The brothers of two of the Duisburg victims were arrested Thursday on suspicion of involvement in the Strangio murder.

dpa

Subject: German news

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