Italian police seized an air-to-air missile, machine guns and rocket launchers during raids sparked by an investigation into far-right extremist groups.
According to reports on WTX News Italian police acted and hauled an incredible amount of military arsenal that authorities said was the most retrieved in history and without precedent.
The Far-right in Italy had been stockpiling for coordinated attacks across Europe.
Police arrested three people, including Fabio Del Bergiolo, 50, a former candidate for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party, whose home was found to contain a huge stash of arms as well as neo-Nazi propaganda and Hitler memorabilia.
They also found automatic assault rifles that they described as “latest generation” among the cache. These are thought to be American made.
The missile, 3.54 meters (more than 11 feet) long was made in France and Del Bergiolo had been hoping to sell its use for around 1 million Euro.
The missile was “without explosive charge, but can be armed by specialized people in the field,” police said.
The other arrests were a Swiss, 42, and an Italian, 51, accused of holding and marketing the missile, which was found by police at a warehouse near the small Rivanazzano Terme airport in the Pavia province.
Police acted on messages that they had intercepted that led them to investigate Del Bergiolo, who had sent photographs of the missile for sale through the Whatsapp messaging service.
They put him under surveillance before raiding his home and finding a stash of weapons including a Scorpion machine gun, 306 firearm parts and 20 bayonets.
“We have some idea about what the seized equipment could be used for, but will not speculate,” De Matteis told reporters.
Police have carried out several raids in recent weeks on far-right targets around Turin, with a man arrested earlier this month for advocating hatred towards Muslims and possessing illegal weapons.