Police in Italy has arrested a suspected neo-Nazi who had written the names of terrorists Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant on an air rifle box.
Police in Italy’s southern Apulia region arrested Luigi Antonio Pennelli at his home in Sammichele di Bari on 27th October following an investigation that began last year.
The 23-year-old is accused of recruitment for international terrorism purposes and of propaganda and incitement to crime for reasons of racial, ethnic and religious discrimination.
At his home, police found an air rifle box with the names of several far-right gunmen written on it.
A snap shows the writings on the box reading ‘Breivik Eroe’ (Breivik Hero), ‘Luca Traini’ (perpetrator of the Macerata shooting), ‘Brandon Terrant’ (sic), and the anti-Muslim slogan ‘Remove kebab’.
Anders Breivik killed 77 – including 33 under-18s – and injured 319 in Oslo and Utoya, Norway in July 2011.
Luca Traini injured six African migrants in Macerata, Italy in February 2018.
And Brenton Tarrant killed 51 – all Muslims – and injured 40 in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019.
Police found evidence at Pennelli’s home allegedly showing how he had translated and shared propaganda from the American neo-Nazi hate group The Base in order to recruit local converts.
Police seized weapons – possibly stolen or bought on the black market – from the property.
They also found Pennelli had bought a 3D printer apparently to build weapons of his own.
Furthermore, they discovered a poster of German dictator Adolf Hitler in the young man’s possession.
Local media reported that Pennelli had shared anti-Semitic and Nazi material on a Telegram channel and had even made death threats against Italian senator and Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre.
The Polizia di Stato (State Police) said in a statement: “It was found that the suspect, acting in Italy as a ‘lone wolf’, was ready for the extreme sacrifice “in defence of the white race”.