Italian police arrest mafiso linked to "Duisburg massacre"
Police in Italy have captured a man believed to have procured guns for 2007's brutal mafia killings in DuisburgReggio Calabria, Italy -- In a fresh blow against the Calabrian mafia, Italian authorities arrested Tuesday a man who allegedly procured guns for a crime family involved in the so-called 2007 "Duisburg Massacre" in Germany.
Gianfranco Antonioli, 50, was picked up by police from his hideout, a house in the town of Aprilia some 30 kilometres south of Rome, officials said.
Antonioli is suspected of supplying guns to the Pelle-Vottari family, based in the town of San Luca, a notorious stronghold of the local mafia, the 'Ndrangheta.
"He used his contacts in the former-Yugoslavia to acquire Kalashnikov assault rifles and his role was one of great strategic importance to the Pelle-Vottari family," police official Renato Cortese told the news television channel SKY TG24.
Authorities allege Antonioli's gun-running accomplices included one of the six Italians murdered in Duisburg, Marco Marmo, as well as a Bosnian citizen, Elvire Marmarac, who is still at large.
The Duisburg shootings are believed to have been carried out by the Nirta-Strangio family which has been locked in a feud with the Pelle-Vottari since the early 1990s.
Police last week arrested Paolo Nirta, the brother-in-law of the chief suspect in the Duisburg shootings Giovanni Strangio who is still on the run.