Police hunt alleged mastermind of slayings

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03 September 2007, Duisburg, Germany (dpa) - German police continued Sunday a vain search for Giovanni Strangio, the suspected mastermind of a gangland slaying of six people two weeks ago in a gritty western city.

03 September 2007

Duisburg, Germany (dpa) - German police continued Sunday a vain search for Giovanni Strangio, the suspected mastermind of a gangland slaying of six people two weeks ago in a gritty western city.

Despite a reported sighting of Strangio's rented car in the northern city of Hamburg, police who fanned out onto the main highways were unable to locate the vehicle.

An arrest warrant on suspicion of murder has been posted for the Italian, but police say they do not know if he was one of the actual gunmen in the August 15 killing, apparently a settling of scores between the Nirta-Strangio and another Calabrian crime clan.

Police in Duisburg, where the killers riddled the victims with bullets in a dark alley, said they had "no concrete clue" to Strangio's whereabouts. Italy's Ansa news agency quoted Italian police saying it was likely he was in hiding back in Italy.

Strangio, 28, ran two pizzerias in the German town of Kaarst, 30 kilometres from the scene of the killing. He is suspected of being active in the clan, a sub-group of the 'Ndrangheta crime organization.

Joerg Ziercke, chief of Germany's BKA federal police, said in an interview to appear in the magazine Focus on Monday, that Germany and Italy were setting up a joint task force against mafia-style crime.

German detectives would be briefed on Italian methods for fighting the mafia and both sides would swap information.

dpa

Subject: German news

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