Geneva raises alert level over terror fears

The Swiss city of Geneva has raised its alert level as its looks for suspects in the deadly Paris terror attacks.

Swiss authorities are said to be looking for four men believed to be in or near the city.

The United Nations compound in the city is on maximum alert and Geneva prosecutors said they were investigating the preparation of criminal acts.


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Separately, the Swiss attorney-general said they’d opened a criminal inquiry on the basis of a “terrorist threat in Geneva” against unknown persons suspected of belonging to a criminal organisation and of violating the ban on al-Qaeda or Islamic State operating in the country.

Local media is reporting a friend of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in November 13’s deadly attack, was in a van spotted by Geneva police on Tuesday after a tip from French authorities that the two men in the car were strongly suspected of ties to radical Islam.

The van, which had Belgian plates, crossed the border into France, the paper said.

Geneva officials could not confirm the report.

 

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