December 13, 2020 Faith Matters

Austrian officials seize weapons destined for Germany’s far-right

Austrian authorities have seized a large cache of weapons and ammunition that were intended to be sold to far-right extremists in Germany.

Police raids in recent days led to the seizure of 70 automatic and semi-automatic firearms, more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition and explosives, officials said.

The main suspect is a 53-year-old Austrian, interior minister Karl Nehammer said.

Mr Nehammer said the police operations had uncovered “a network that shows links between the area of right-wing extremism and organised crime”.

He said that some of those belonged to “the neo-Nazi scene that have sadly also been known in Austria for a while”.

The firearms were allegedly bought with the proceeds from the sale of drugs.

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