Switzerland arrested 2 Syrian nationals planning chemical terror attack


Two men with Syrian passports nabbed on suspicions of transporting ‘explosives & toxic gases’ in Geneva, possibly for an attack on the UN headquarters.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Swiss authorities said Saturday that two people of Syrian origin had been arrested on suspicion of transporting “explosives and toxic gases” as part of a probe into a terror threat.

United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (file) – Thinkstock

The two suspects arrested Friday are accused of the “manufacture, concealment and transport of explosives and toxic gases,” the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

They are also under suspicion of violating Swiss law prohibiting “groups like Al Qaeda, Islamic State and similar organisations,” it added.

Several Swiss media reported Friday that two people had been arrested in the Geneva region and that traces of explosives were found in their car, as the western city remained on alert due to an increased jihadist threat.

Geneva’s public prosecutor has announced a news conference for later Saturday.

ISIS prints legetiment Syrian passports with alias names – Photo: Reuters

The Geneva region raised its alert level to three on a five-point scale on Thursday, and armed police were deployed at sensitive locations across the city, which is home to the UN’s European headquarters.

Geneva is almost entirely enclosed by France, a country still reeling from the Islamic State jihadist attacks that left 130 people murdered in Paris last month.


AFP contributed to this report.

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