Sunday 18 August 2019

Italian police seize missile, automatic weapons, and Nazi material during raid on far-right suspects

Police with a missile seized at an airport hangar near Pavia, northern Italy (Tino Romano/ANSA via AP)
Police with a missile seized at an airport hangar near Pavia, northern Italy (Tino Romano/ANSA via AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Police in northern Italy have detained three men, including one linked to a neo-fascist Italian political party, after uncovering a huge stash of automatic weapons, a missile and material featuring Nazi symbols.

Officers said the discoveries stemmed from a previous investigation into Italians who took part in the Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

In a statement, Turin police said one of the men arrested had in 2001 run unsuccessfully as a Senate candidate for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party.

At his home in Gallarate, police found nine assault weapons, nearly 30 hunting rifles, pistols and bayonets as well as ammunition and antique Nazi plaques featuring swastikas.

Two other men were detained after police found a French-made missile at an airport hangar that they were apparently seeking to sell.

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