Three people were arrested, two of them near Forli airport. Neo-Nazi propaganda was also seized, in the raids. The raids were part of an investigation into Italian far-right help for Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, local media said.
The missile was one of those used by the Qatari army, Italian police said.The Turin special police force, called Digos, led the operations, assisted by police in Milan, Varese, Forli and Novara.
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. The missile appears to be a French-made Matra Super 530 F.
“During the operation, an air-to-air missile in perfect working order and used by the Qatari army was seized,” police said in a statement. On 3 July a court in Genoa jailed three men who were found guilty of fighting alongside the Russian-backed separatists who control a large swathe of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.