Italian police said, in a press release, that a massive police operation took place on Friday morning in the stronghold of Matteo Messina Denaro, one of the most wanted mafia leaders on the run since 1993.
The anti-mafia police department in Palermo, the Sicilian capital, has ordered twenty searches against people considered close to the fugitive leader. More than 150 police officers, special crime teams, helicopters and canine units participated in the operation, which began on Friday morning.
Messina Denaro is considered the last leader of the Sicilian mafia, and in 2011 Forbes magazine ranked him among the most wanted fugitives in the world.
Messina Denaro was sentenced to life imprisonment for being among the organizers of the 1993 bombings in Milan, Florence and Rome, which killed 10 people.
He is also accused of being involved in several high-profile murders in the country.