GENEVA Two Syrian nationals have been arrested in Geneva on Friday and traces of explosives have been discovered in their automobile, the nearby newspaper Tribune de Geneve and Swiss tv said.
The newspaper gave no specifics on the identity of the two males or the situations of their arrest. It said it was unclear no matter whether the arrests had been linked to a heightened security alert Geneva authorities had declared on Thursday. It remained in impact at level 3 on a scale of five.
“Two males of Syrian origin have been arrested in Geneva on Friday,” Swiss tv mentioned on its nightly news broadcast. “Traces of explosives were discovered in their car.”
Geneva officials had been not instantly accessible to comment, but a source close to the case told Reuters that two guys had been arrested, with no providing any particulars.
Swiss media and Reuters have reported that authorities are looking for four men believed to have been in Geneva this week. A van with Belgian plates and two guys entered Switzerland from France by means of the Jura mountains on Tuesday and went back to France soon after three few hours, Swiss tv mentioned.
Earlier on Friday, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga said that Swiss federal authorities had place Geneva on a high safety alert this week following obtaining a tip from foreign authorities about a suspected Islamic State cell in the area.
Two sources confirmed to Reuters that the Central Intelligence Agency had offered a photo of 4 males to Swiss authorities on Wednesday, saying they could be on Swiss territory.
The photo, published in Swiss newspapers, showed 4 bearded men seated, with their faces blurred and index fingers raised in the air. A CIA spokesman in Washington declined to comment on Thursday.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay Editing by Louise Ireland, Larry King)