Mafia leader Matteo Messina Denaro, who is wanted by Italy, was captured in Sicily.

According to prosecutor Maurizio de Lucia, Matteo Messina Denaro, the most wanted man in Italy, was apprehended by police

According to de Lucia, he had been on the run since 1993 and was one of the most sought men in Europe.

Lamberto Giannini, Italy's chief of police, said: "It is a victory for all the police forces that have fought together over these many years

In a statement, Lamberto Giannini praised the Palermo Public Prosecutor's Office and the Carabinieri, Italy's military police.

"A fantastic triumph for the state, which illustrates that it does not give up in the face of the Mafia," wrote Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in a tweet.

Guido Crosetto, the defence minister, referred to the arrest as "a manifestation of a state that prevails against the Mafia."