Geneva on alert as cops step up Paris attack probe

GENEVA (TIP): Geneva police were “actively searching” on Dec 10 for suspects in connection with a probe into the Paris attacks, and authorities raised the security alert level in the city and surrounding region, Swiss security officials said.

With much of Europe on heightened alert in recent weeks, Swiss national authorities had flagged “suspicious individuals who could be in Geneva or the Geneva region” to the city’s authorities on Wednesday, a statement from the Geneva security department said. It didn’t specify how many people were being sought or provide their identities.

The November 13 attacks on Paris, claimed by the Islamic State group, left 130 people dead and hundreds of others wounded.

Salah Abdeslam, a fugitive suspected in the deadly attacks in Paris, is still at large. Several arrests were made in Belgium following the attacks. One Swiss police official, speaking on condition of anonymity said that Abdeslam wasn’t among those being sought. Police were working with international and national authorities to locate the suspects they believe to be in the Geneva region, officials said. “We have gone from a vague threat to a specific one,” Emmanuelle Lo Verso, a spokeswoman for the security department, said. (AFP)

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