German police seize suspected mafia member

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The man has been in Germany since 2008 and "is suspected of taking part in several homicides," police said in a statement.

Berlin -- German police said Friday they had arrested a suspected member of the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia group, following a major raid on the clan in Italy.

The man, a 37-year-old identified only as Fabio F., has been in Germany since 2008 and "is suspected of taking part in several homicides," police said in a statement.

He was seized in Frankfurt in the early hours of Thursday morning following a joint German-Italian operation, the statement added.

Also on Thursday, Italian police launched a raid in the Cosenza region, arresting 18 suspected 'Ndrangheta members and seizing property worth 20 million euros (28 million dollars).

Villas, apartments, farms, cars and bank accounts were confiscated in the raids after a former member of the clan gave evidence to the police.

Those held were suspected of homicide and unauthorised possession of weapons as well as belonging to the mafia.

The 'Ndrangheta is Italy's most powerful and ruthless mafia, best known in Germany for the murder of six men in Duisburg, in an internal feud two years ago.

AFP/Expatica

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