Europe

Clan boss tied to feud that led to German massacre is caught

Fugitive mobster Santo Vottari is taken into custody by Italian Carabinieri after they found him hiding in a cramped crawl space behind a trap door of a bunker in an apartment building in the southern Italian town of Ricciolino di Benestare, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  Vottari, who, according to authorities, is tied to a crime clan involved in a 2007 massacre of 6 Italians in Duisburg, Germany, had been convicted in absentia of mafia-like association. (Marco Costantino/ANSA via AP)

Fugitive mobster Santo Vottari is taken into custody by Italian Carabinieri after they found him hiding in a cramped crawl space behind a trap door of a bunker in an apartment building in the southern Italian town of Ricciolino di Benestare, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Vottari, who, according to authorities, is tied to a crime clan involved in a 2007 massacre of 6 Italians in Duisburg, Germany, had been convicted in absentia of mafia-like association. (Marco Costantino/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Calabria, southern Italy have detained a fugitive mobster who authorities say is the boss of an 'ndrangheta crime clan involved in a feud that culminated in a 2007 gangland-style massacre in Germany.

Carabinieri paramilitary police before dawn Wednesday opened a trapdoor in a bunker in a drab apartment residence in the hamlet of Ricciolino di Benestare and discovered Santo Vottari, 45, huddled in a crawl space.

Vottari had been convicted in absentia of mafia-like criminal association and received a 10-year prison sentence. A fugitive since 2007, he was considered among Europe's 30 most dangerous fugitives.

A long-running feud between the Pelle-Vottari and Nirta-Strangio families culminated in the slaying of six Italians in Duisburg, Germany, in 2007 to avenge the Christmas 2006 slaying of a Strangio clansman's wife.