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Italy seizes air-to-air missile, guns in raids on neo-Nazis

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Published on July 16, 2019 - Duration: 00:46s

Italy seizes air-to-air missile, guns in raids on neo-Nazis

Italian police on Monday seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers.

Mia Womersley reports.

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Italy seizes air-to-air missile, guns in raids on neo-Nazis

This air-to-air missile was discovered in the property of neo-Nazi sympathisers.

Police raids on buildings in northern Italy on Monday (July 15) discovered a large arsenal of weapons.

26 guns, 20 bayonets, 306 gun parts and more than 800 bullets.

The searches followed an investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

It's thought the French-made Matra missile once belonged to Qatar's armed forces.

The weapon was in working condition but had no explosive charge.

Police said the suspects had tried to sell the weapon on WhatsApp.

Three people have been arrested, including a customs officer who has previously stood for parliament for an extreme-right party.

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