The Irish Times

Two Syrians arrested in Geneva after security level raised

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Two Syrian nationals were arrested in Geneva yesterday and traces of explosives were found in their car, the local newspaper Tribune de Geneve and Swiss television said.

The newspaper gave no details on the identity of the two men or the circumstan­ces of their arrest. It said it was unclear whether the arrests were linked to a heightened security alert Geneva authoritie­s had declared on Thursday. It remained in effect at level three on a scale of five.

“Two men of Syrian origin were arrested in Geneva on Friday,” Swiss television said last night. “Traces of explosives were found in their car.”

Geneva officials were not immediatel­y available to comment, but a source close to the case said that two men had been arrested, without giving any details.

Media has reported that authoritie­s are looking for four men believed to have been in Geneva this week. A van with Belgian plates and two men entered Switzerlan­d from France on Tuesday and went back to France after a few hours, Swiss television said.

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