The country that gave the world the word "fascism" says it has seized numerous weapons from suspects who were plotting to form a new Nazi party. Police in Italy say they raided the homes of 19 people who planned to create an "openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic group called the Italian National Socialist Workers' Party the BBC reports. Authorities say the suspects include a woman who called herself the "Sergeant-Major of Hitler" and a woman who called herself "Miss Hitler." "Some suspects had a vast amount of weapons and explosives at their disposal," police said in a press release.
The searches were carried out under a 1952 law that bans efforts to recreate the Fascist Party formed by dictator Benito Mussolini, CNN reports. Police say a "vast and jagged galaxy of subjects" sharing the same far-right ideology was uncovered during a two-year investigation that involved anti-terror and anti-Mafia authorities. One of the suspects has close ties to the 'Ndrangheta criminal network, police say. Investigators say the Italian suspects had been trying to form links with far-right extremist groups across Europe. (Read more Italy stories.)