Italian police arrested seven people over arms trade

Italian police have arrested seven people for allegedly selling arms and ammunitions to Iran, authorities said Wednesday. Reportedly, among the arrested persons – five are Italian and two Iranian.

According to police the two Iranians and are believed to be Iranian secret service agents. Police officials said the arrests were carried out in several Italian cities on Tuesday.

Armando Spataro, Italy’s anti-terrorism chief, stated that the police operation was largely based on wiretapped conversations and intercepted email messages. He said the arms were being sent through third countries to try to avoid the scrutiny of the arms embargo against Iran.

Police seized significant number of  arms including gun scopes and tracer bullets and explosive materials. Reportedly, the materials for explosives were purchased in Germany and could be used to produce the firebombs.