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Italy Seizes Qatari Air Missile in Raid on Neo-Nazis Groups

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7Dnews London

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:14 GMT

It would appear that new evidence has come to light that supports the view that Qatar has expanded its support for terrorism groups to far right groups in Europe. Anti-terrorism police in northern Italy seized a Qatari air-to-air missile and other sophisticated weapons during raids on far-right extremist groups, on Monday July 15th.

The missile originated from the Qatari armed forces, police said. “During the operation, an air-to-air missile in perfect working order and used by the Qatari army was seized," the Turin police said in a statement. According to the BBC, the missile appears to be a French-made Matra Super 530 F. Neo-Nazi propaganda was also seized in the raid.

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

The Turin special police force, called Digos, led the operations, assisted by police in Milan, Varese, Forli and Novara.

Three people were arrested, two of them near Forli airport. Italian media named those arrested as Fabio Del Bergiolo, 50, an Italian ex-customs officer and far-right Forza Nuova party activist; Alessandro Monti, 42, a Swiss national; and Fabio Bernardi, 51, also Italian.

Initially, the police said on Monday July 15th that the arrests were part of an investigation, started about a year ago, into far-right groups "who have fought in Ukraine's Donbass region against the separatists".

But the latest police statement did not mention groups fighting the pro-Russian separatists, referring only to an investigation into Italian extremists who had "taken part in the armed conflict in Ukraine's Donbass region". The police did not make it clear which side the Italians were on in this case.

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