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Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

6 Italian men shot to death after party

August 16, 2007

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— Six Italian men died in a hail of gunfire early Wednesday after a pizzeria celebration of one victim's 18th birthday - a Mafia-style massacre that officials said grew out of a long-running feud between two organized crime clans in southern Italy.

The slayings in this industrial city marked the first time the 'ndrangheta syndicate exported a vendetta, Italian authorities said. The organization, based in Italy's Calabria region, is heavily involved in drug trafficking and extortion and earlier this year officials described it as even more dangerous than the Sicilian Mafia.

The six victims, ranging in age from 16 to 38, had just left a restaurant in downtown Duisburg in two vehicles when they came under fire, police said.

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