Geneva on security alert, authorities say looking for suspects

GENEVA Geneva safety officials mentioned on Thursday that they had raised the alert level in the city and were seeking for suspects in connection with investigations into the Nov. 13 Paris attacks.

A security guard at the United Nations in Geneva told Reuters Swiss authorities have been looking for 4 men and women believed to be in the city, which is close to the French border, or nearby. An additional guard mentioned the UN compound was on maximum alert.

“In the framework of investigations carried out following the Paris attacks, at the international and national level, Geneva police and their partners are actively seeking for people whose description has been offered by the Swiss Confederation,” the Geneva division of security mentioned in a statement.

Shooting and bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State killed 130 men and women in Paris on Nov. 13. Police in many European nations are nevertheless browsing for folks believed to have been involved in the attacks or in their arranging.

It was not quickly clear from the Geneva statement, even so, whether or not the suspects were straight linked to the Paris attacks. A Geneva spokeswoman stated she had no further comment

U.N. safety guards in Geneva, the European headquarters of the globe physique, were stationed with MP5 sub-machine guns at entry points for vehicles, a extremely unusual measure at the sprawling complex close to the French border.

“It is maximum alert,” a second U.N. guard told Reuters.

Swiss and French officials say they have been functioning closely collectively considering that the Paris attacks.

In an interview days following the attacks, Virginie Perrey, France’s safety attachee in Switzerland, primarily based in the capital Berne, told French-speaking Swiss Tv: “That exact same evening the (Swiss) federal police referred to as me and two security officers had been detached who left for the Swiss embassy in Paris to bring assistance. Certainly data was exchanged right away.”

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay editing by Ralph Boulton)

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