Italian anti-terror police seized an 11-foot air-to-air missile, rocket launchers, and machine guns during raids on a far-right cell. The raids also uncovered a trove of neo-Nazi propaganda and Hitler memorabilia.
Elite police force stated that they searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.
Among other weapons uncovered were 26 guns, 20 bayonets, 306 gun parts, including silencers and rifle scopes, and more than 800 bullets of various calibres. The arms were primarily from Austria, Germany and the United States.
At least three people, including Fabio Del Bergiolo, a former candidate for the neo-fascist New Force, or Forza Nuova party (FN)have been arrested.
The other arrests were a Swiss and an Italian, accused of holding and marketing the missilem which was found by police at a warehouse near the small Rivanazzano Terme airport in the Pavia province.