German police expect revenge attack after Duisburg mafia killings

German officials said Thursday they anticipated a revenge attack following the murder in Duisburg last month of six men linked to the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta organized crime group.

German police expect revenge attack after Duisburg mafia killings
German officials said Thursday they anticipated a revenge attack following the murder in Duisburg last month of six men linked to the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta organized crime group.

Following a special sitting of the internal affairs commission of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in nearby Dusseldorf, officials predicted that a Catholic religious holiday might be chosen, as mafia families regularly gathered on such days.

The officials said that, while it was possible a revenge attack could take place in Germany, it was more likely that it would be carried out in Italy.

Six men were shot and killed execution-style in the early hours of August 15, the bodies being found in two cars outside a pizzeria near Duisburg's main railway station.

Police believe the murders were in revenge for the killing of the wife of a leader of the 'Ndrangheta, which is active in Calabria in southern Italy.

German police have applied for an international arrest warrant for pizzeria operator Giovanni Strangio, 28, suspected of being a member of the Strangio-Nirta clan within the 'Ndrangheta.

The victims of the Duisburg shootings were all members of the rival Pelle-Romeo clan within the same organization.

DPA
Last Mod: 06 Eylül 2007, 17:54
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