They had hoarded ammunition and weapons and wanted to set up their own militia. In Austria and Germany, researchers have dealt a blow to right-wing extremists. Another case led them to the group’s trail.
A strike against a far-right network resulted in five arrests in Austria and two in Bavaria. This was announced on Saturday during a joint press conference between Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) and representatives of the Vienna Criminal Police Office (LKA), Austrian news agency APA reports.
As part of the investigation, more than 70 automatic and semi-automatic firearms and ammunition in the six-digit range were found in the past three days. According to Nehammer, the weapons were intended for the far-right scene in Germany “to set up a right-wing militia”.
Drug delivery puts the police on the right track
During a house search on Wednesday, submachine guns, assault rifles and ammunition were seized. Another search on Thursday found a container with more weapons, ammunition and explosives. On Friday, about 100,000 ammunition and numerous long weapons were found in a warehouse in Lower Austria.
A drug delivery from Germany in October brought police to the network. According to Michael Mimra, deputy head of the Vienna LKA, the proceeds were used to buy the weapons found that were destined for Germany. The main suspect is a 53-year-old Austrian with a criminal record, who allegedly started trading with a number of accomplices. Further research should also take place in North Rhine-Westphalia.