Italian police arrested a wanted Calabrian mafia boss who is the brother-in-law of a chief suspect in the August 2007 killings of six Italians in Duisburg, news reports said on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Six people were killed in the 2007 mafia murder in Duisburg
After a short chase on foot, police blocked 31-year-old Paolo Nirta down a narrow alley of San Luca, a town considered the stronghold of the Calabrian version of the mafia, the 'Ndrangheta.
Nirta is the suspected acting-boss of the Nirta family, which has been locked in a bloody feud with a rival clan, the Pelle-Vottari family, since the early 1990s. Investigators who believe that the mob-style shootings in Duisburg a year ago were linked to the feud have named Nirta's brother-in-law, Giovanni Strangio, as one of the suspected killers.
Paolo Nirta is also the brother of another of the Nirta clan's bosses, Giovanni Luca Nirta whose wife Maria was killed in a 2006 Christmas-day shooting which triggered the feud with the Pelle-Vottari clan.
Giovanni Luca Nirta was arrested weeks after the so-called "Duisburg massacre," while the father of the two brothers, Giuseppe, the crime-family patriarch, was arrested in May in one of a recent series of successful police operations against the 'Ndrangheta.