Geneva police authorize public events despite hunt for IS-linked suspects

GENEVA -- Security officials in Geneva say public events, including a beloved December costume parade, will go ahead as planned this weekend, despite the heightened security alert and ongoing hunt for suspects allegedly linked to the radical Islamic State group.

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The Geneva department of security said in a statement Friday that "the level of vigilance remains unchanged for now" and reinforced police deployments will be maintained. It said the public can stay informed through a mobile phone app.

Swiss officials said Thursday that Geneva police were hunting for at least four suspects allegedly linked to IS and believed to be plotting a "specific" attack in the city.

Among other events, Geneva hosts a centuries-old commemoration called "Escalade" this weekend recalling a 1602 battle in which citizens repulsed Savoy invaders.



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