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SPANISH police have uncovered an illegal factory in Tenerife using 3D printers to make weapons for a suspected far-right group, it was reported on Sunday.
September’s joint raid with the Treasury Office had been kept secret by order of a judge, with police only allowed to reveal the details now.
Photos showed officers surrounded by an arsenal of weapons while a specialist team of dogs from a bomb squad sniffed out chemical substances that could be used to make explosives.
Spain’s National Police force said the factory housed working 3D-printing equipment that could manufacture gun barrels in just two minutes.
There were also manuals on terrorism, urban guerilla warfare and how to make explosives at home using a 3D printer, as well as white supremacist literature and a pistol holster bearing the insignia of WWII’s German army, it said in a statement.
One man was confirmed to have been arrested during the raid.
A police report has stated that 3D printing is becoming a major new threat in illegal arms trafficking in Europe.
An attack on a Jewish synagogue in Germany in 2019 was carried out with a rifle made with a 3D printer.
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