Tip-off about suspected ISIS cell in Geneva triggered security alert, says President

Swiss police officers control the area in front of the consulate of France, due to a high level of alert, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Swiss police officers control the area in front of the consulate of France, due to a high level of alert, in Geneva, Switzerland.PHOTO: EPA

ZURICH (REUTERS)- Swiss federal authorities put Geneva on a high security alert this week after getting a tip-off from foreign authorities about a suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cell in the region, President Simonetta Sommaruga said on Friday (Dec 11).

"The Swiss government received information from a foreign authority regarding a potential ISIS cell in the Geneva area. Federal authorities examined this information and shared it with the local police," Sommaruga told a news conference.

"There is currently no indication that there was a concrete attack planned."