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'Ndrangheta boss extradited from Netherlands to Italy

Gang behind 'Duisburg Massacre'

13 December, 20:03
'Ndrangheta boss extradited from Netherlands to Italy (ANSA) - Rome, December 13 - A boss in the mafia gang that killed six rivals in the notorious 'Duisburg Massacre' in Germany was extradited to Italy on Friday. Captured in the Netherlands, Francesco Nirta is a member of the Nirta-Strangio clan, which gunned down members of the rival Pelle-Vottari clan in the peaceful German city of Duisburg on August 15, 2007, putting the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta in the global spotlight.

While wanted for a separate murder, Nirta is not directly linked to the Duisburg shooting, which saw one boss and seven 'Ndrangheta members receive life sentences. Nirta was considered one of Italy's 10 most dangerous fugitives. He was found guilty in absentia of murdering a rival member of the Pelle-Vottari clan in a vendetta shooting in Italy in 2011, and sentenced to life in prison. Police tracked him down in Utrecht in September. The 'Ndrangheta is considered Italy's most powerful mafia for its virtual stranglehold on the European cocaine trade.