Italian police have held an emergency summit amid fears the mafia-linked massacre of six men in Germany could spark reprisals. The gathering took place in Italy’s southern Calabria region, where the organised crime group ‘Ndrangheta is based.
Police are paying particular attention to San Luca. Those killed belonged to a clan embroiled in a long-running feud there with a rival faction. Dozens of homes in the town have been searched.
The execution-style killings took place in the city of Duisburg in western Germany.
Victims were found in two vehicles near an Italian pizza restaurant called Da Bruno. They all had a connection with the restaurant.
Surveillance video is being examined by German police. However an officer indicated the night-time images recorded are far from clear.
All the victims, aged from 16 to 38, had been shot in the head not far from Duisburg railway station.
German police are hunting two suspects spotted running near the scene around the time of the murder which has sent shockwaves through the city.