6 Dead in Mafia Hit in Germany

Feud between Italian clans boils over with unprecedented cross-border eruption
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2007 11:03 AM CDT
Employees of a funeral service move a dead body into a hearse after six people were found dead on Wednesday morning, Aug. 15,2007, in downtown Duisburg, western Germany. Five bodies were found in two...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Police are calling the killing of six Italians early today in Duisburg, Germany, a probable Mafia hit job, Der Spiegel reports. Five bodies with gunshot wounds to the head were found outside an Italian restaurant, and a sixth man died en route to the hospital. The incident is one of the largest mass murders in Germany in years.

Reports from Italy suggest that the hit – whose victims ranged from ages 16 to 39 – was the latest violence in a feud between rival Mafia clans from southern Italy. An Italian police director called the killings "an unprecedented settling of scores, also because it took place in a foreign country for the first time."