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Mafia suspects arrested in Italy

Police escort a suspect in Naples - photo 19 May
Police have carried out several recent operations against mafia suspects

Italian police have arrested 68 suspected members of the Naples mafia, the Camorra, in the latest operation against the organised crime group.

Police say those detained are linked to a breakaway faction of the Camorra. They are wanted on suspicion of murder, drug trafficking and money laundering.

The raids follow the arrest in Spain at the weekend of the alleged head of the breakaway faction, Raffaele Amato.

About 5m euros ($7m; £4.4m) are said to have been seized in the latest raids.


In recent years the Camorra has been blamed for dozens of deaths, as rivals struggle for control of illegal drugs and weapons.

Their activities have sparked a public outcry - earlier in the year, 100,000 people staged an anti-mafia march in Naples.

Raffaele Amato was detained in a joint operation by Italian and Spanish police in the southern Spanish city of Marbella.

He is accused of eight murders between 1991 and 1993, and of being involved in importing cocaine into Italy.

He had been living under a false name on the Costa del Sol, police said, and had been on the run since 2006.

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