Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Italy seizes air-to-air missile that belonged to Qatar in raids on neo-Nazis

Italy seizes air-to-air missile that belonged to Qatar in raids on neo-Nazis

An air-to-air missile "in ideal working order" has been seized by anti-terrorism police in northern Italy, along with a huge stash of automatic weapons, ammunition and material featuring Nazi symbols.

The raids were part of an investigation into Italian far-right involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Turin police said.

"This is a significant seizure, with few precedents in Italy", said Turin police commissioner Giuseppe De Matteis. But Forza Nuevo has supported the Syrian government, and one of those arrested in the raid-Fabio Del Bergiolo, 50, who ran for the Italian Senate in 2001 as a Forza Nuova candidate-is a former customs anti-fraud inspector.

"During the operation, an air-to-air missile in flawless working order and used by the Qatari army was seized", police said of the 245-kilogram (540-pound) Mantra Super 530 F missile.

Apparently, the group brought some things back from their adventures-including a French-made air-to-air missile that somehow found its way from Qatar into the home of a neo-fascist extremist. They also found "latest generation" automatic assault rifles.

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The missile was more than 11 feet long and made in France. The weapon did not have an explosive, police say, but was still usable.

The Matra Super 530 F, a short-to-medium range air to air missile, was initially sold to Qatar to arm the Qatar Emiri Air Force's Mirage 2000 (and previously, Mirage F1) fighter aircraft.

The man from the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino was arrested in a hotel near Italy's Forli airport, according to Swiss media. His home was found to have the missile and weapons including a Scorpion machine gun, 306 firearm parts, 20 bayonets and more than 800 bullets of various calibers.

It led the operation from Turin with assistance from police in Forli, Milan, Novara and Varese.

His collection included street signs from the Nazi era, including one reading "Adolf-Hitler Platz". He added that "we have some idea about what the seized equipment could be used for, but will not speculate". "It's an incredible, very serious event", said Maurizio Martina, the PD's former party head.

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