Published: 14:41, 28 November 2019 | Updated: 15:19, 28 November 2019
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Italian police have seized a huge stash of weapons and Nazi memorabilia from a far-right group linked to the Mafia which had been forging contacts with extremists across Europe.
In an operation called ‘Black Shadows’, police seized an arsenal of swords, knives, crossbows, hunting rifles and automatic weapons from 19 homes.
Nazi flags and books about Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were also seized in the raids which took place in 16 towns and cities from Milan to Sicily.
Italian police said the suspects had been plotting to form a neo-Nazi party called the National Italian Socialist Workers’ Party, a name similar to Hitler’s NSDAP.
Seized: A stash of automatic weapons, rifles and Nazi paraphernalia which was seized by Italian police in raids of 19 homes across the country
Armed: Police seized this stash of weapons from a group they said were plotting to create a new neo-Nazi party with a name similar to Hitler’s NSDAP