PARIS — Police in Geneva were “actively searching” for suspects in connection with last month’s Paris attacks, Swiss security officials said Thursday.
Authorities said they got word Wednesday that federal officials had flagged “suspicious individuals susceptible to being in Geneva or the Geneva region,” The Associated Press reported.
A statement issued by Geneva’s department of security added that police were also boosting their counter-terrorism vigilance level but didn’t specify how many people were being sought or their identities.
“In the framework of investigations carried out following the Paris attacks, at the international and national level, Geneva police and their partners are actively looking for people whose description has been provided by the Swiss Confederation,” the statement added.
U.N. security guards in Geneva, the European headquarters of the world body, were stationed with MP5 sub-machine guns at entry points for cars, a highly unusual measure at the sprawling complex near the French border.
A security guard at the U.N. site told Reuters that Swiss authorities were searching for four people believed to be in the city, or nearby. Another guard said the U.N. compound was on maximum alert. NBC News was not immediately able to independently verify that report.
Shooting and bomb attacks claimed by ISIS killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13. Police in several European countries are still searching for individuals believed to have been involved in the attacks or in their planning.