December 11, 2015 / 2:21 PM / 2 years ago

Tip about suspected ISIS cell in Geneva triggered alert: president

A County of Geneva police officer stands guard outside Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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

“The Swiss government received information from a foreign authority regarding a potential IS 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.”

Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz and John Miller, Editing by Michael Shields

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