Two leading members of the Ndrangheta, a fearsome Italian mafia, were arrested Friday after a long flight from justice, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said, hailing a "very high level" catch.
The ANSA news agency said murder convict Giuseppe Ferraro, 47, had been on the run since 1998, while 37-year-old Giuseppe Crea, 37, had gone missing in 2006 and has to serve a jail term for the crime of mafia membership.
In a statement, Alfano said they featured on "Italy's list of most dangerous fugitives."
Police found the mobsters hidden together in a bunker on the outskirts of Reggio Calabria, the biggest city of Calabria, the southern region that forms the tip of Italy's boot and where the Ndrangheta originates from.
The Ndrangheta is one of the country's main organized crime groups, along with Sicily's Cosa Nostra and the Neapolitan Camorra. Top anti-Mafia prosecutor Franco Roberti told parliament last year it has "an absolute supremacy" on international drug-trafficking.