Alleged top mobster arrested from bunker

October 16, 2008 4:39:04 AM PDT
Italian police say they have arrested an alleged fugitive mobster believed to be the head of an organized crime clan involved in the slaying of six people in Germany last year. Police in Reggio Calabria say 46-year-old Antonio Pelle was picked up early Thursday from a bunker in Ardore Marina in southern Italy. He has been on the run since 2007 and was wanted on charges of Mafia association.

Pelle's family was involved in a feud that led to the Aug. 15, 2007 killing of six Italians outside a restaurant in Duisburg, Germany.

The feud between two rival families drew international attention to the 'ndrangheta, a crime syndicate based in the southern region of Calabria. Some investigators say the 'ndrangheta is now more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia.

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