Italy Mastermind Convicted In Duisburg Massacre

News reports say a court in southern Italy has convicted the ringleader of a 2007 massacre of six people in Duisburg, Germany, that shed international light on the 'ndrangheta organized crime syndicate.

The ANSA news agency says Giovanni Strangio was one of eight people convicted Tuesday and sentenced to life terms for their roles in the violent mob feud that culminated with the Duisburg slayings.

Six Italian men were gunned down Aug. 15, 2007, as they left a birthday party at an Italian restaurant in the western German city.

Prosecutors say the massacre was part of a long-running feud between two clans of the 'ndrangheta, based in the southern Italian region of Calabria. The 'ndrangheta is today considered more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia.

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