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Ethnic Crime Families Provoke German Crackdown

Today 07:00 GMT

Today, about a dozen predominantly Arab and Kurdish families with an estimated 1,000 criminal members dominate the German capital’s organized-crime scene, according to police.

For law-enforcement authorities in Berlin and around the country, Mr. Rabih’s killing was the last straw, prompting a intensified crackdown on crime syndicates, police officials and prosecutors say. Recent months have seen a rise in killings, shootouts, and attacks on property connected to the gangs.


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