Written by Staff Writer, Emily Thomas
The investigation into an active neo-Nazi bomb plot in Cretan left a huge cache of weapons and ammunition at a house in Memiio, near the Italian capital, Rome.
The home of Alessandro Varace, 36, was filled with “a macabre mix of artefacts and artifacts, mechanical and artistic weaponry, an incredible collection of military and colonial-era items and arms,” said police spokesman Fabio Pellerini.
Leaked images taken from the home showed fans of Gunsmith Duffy, an American television show that shows expert gunsmen in homemade combat gear, driving away from the house as Pellerini spoke about the discovery, the Italian media reported.
According to Italian investigators, Varace is a “substantial participant” in the extremist Right Wing Platform (ROP), an online group established in 2016 that wants to create an “autonomized” Greece. The group originally had over 7,000 members, but the group has been downsized in the wake of recent political events.
The body of ex-far-right activist Andreas Neumann, head of the Christian Democratic Center Party, was exhumed from his grave in Cologne, Germany. Neumann was reportedly tortured and murdered by extreme right activists. Credit: Alex Grimm/AFP/Getty Images
On May 23, Pellerini told CNN the weapons and ammunition seized were part of a planned attack on targets in the capital, Rome, the central province of Abruzzo, as well as in the northern Italian region of Veneto.
On May 22, the home of Marios Kotarelis, 27, was also searched. Kotarelis is an activist who helped the supporters of the extreme Right-wing movement to form a paramilitary wing. According to Pellerini, Kotarelis’ home was in the same suburb as Varace’s.
In a four-page press release issued on Thursday, the police said that Kotarelis and Varace were prime movers behind an operation to “deliver several terror acts to serve the neo-nazi ideology and for the escalation of a violent and armed movement within Italy.”
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On Saturday, the police report revealed the evidence they had retrieved. The documents include maps detailing where the attack was planned. In one area, a handwritten map featuring a bulls-eye target with a cross above it was visible. The document also highlighted points of interest, such as a cafÈ, restaurants and sports clubs as locations where the members could be picked up before the operation.