Geneva police OK public events despite heightened security

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

See Full Article

Swiss officials announced enhanced vigilance a day earlier and said Geneva police were searching for at least four suspects allegedly linked to IS and believed to be plotting a "specific" attack in the city. Authorities have not identified the suspects.

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

The greater vigilance has meant the public, private security teams and others have been on a greater lookout for suspicious activities: At Geneva's airport, bomb squads cordoned off and suspended access to some areas to deal with two pieces of abandoned luggage.

Airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli says no bomb was found and flights were not delayed or disrupted. Authorities located the owner of one bag found abandoned near a security checkpoint, and another bag was destroyed by bomb squads.

Staempfli said bomb alerts typically happen at least once a week at the airport, but authorities received more reports from passers-by and security teams on Friday.

Across town, the head of Geneva security met with the top official at the UN office in Geneva, one of the city's many diplomatic sites where guards carrying submachine guns have been deployed.

Michele Zaccheo, a UN spokesman in Geneva, said there was "no specific threat" targeting UN personnel, and insisted "We are taking the right kinds of precautionary measures."

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

Milos Krivokapic contributed from Geneva.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 1 dead, 7 hurt after Ohio fair spinning ride Fire Ball breaks apart

    World News CBC News
    A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio state fair on Wednesday, hurtling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others. Source
  • Travellers warned of possibly tainted alcohol in Mexico

    World News Toronto Sun
    MILWAUKEE — The U.S. State Department is warning tourists going to Mexico about reports of tainted or substandard alcohol causing drinkers to become sick or pass out. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported about travellers becoming sick after drinking alcohol at Mexican resorts. Source
  • Video captures moment ride breaks apart at Ohio State Fair; 1 killed, 7 hurt

    World News Toronto Sun
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others. Source
  • WATCH: Cellphone video shot by California inmates shows escape [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Video shot by three inmates with a smuggled cellphone shows their methodical escape through a vent at the maximum-security wing of a Southern California jail last year, along with scenes from their days on the run. Source
  • Teen pleads not guilty in fatal crash streamed on Instagram [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS BANOS, Calif. — A California teenager pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and recording a crash that killed her younger sister. Source
  • Video captures moment ride malfunctions at Ohio State Fair; 1 killed, 7 hurt

    World News Toronto Sun
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others. Source
  • Argentina sentences 4 ex-judges for dictatorship-era crimes

    World News CTV News
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Four former federal judges in Argentina were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the country's last dictatorship in a ruling human rights groups are calling historic for punishing the regime's civilian accomplices. Source
  • B.C. wildfire forces evacuations, threatens structures near Kamloops

    Canada News CTV News
    KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- A rapidly-moving wildfire has forced people to flee dozens of properties east of Kamloops, B.C. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 39 properties in Monte Lake Wednesday night, saying a fire burning in the area posed an "imminent threat" to people and property. Source
  • Cellphone video shot by California inmates shows escape

    World News CTV News
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Video shot by three inmates with a smuggled cellphone shows their methodical escape through a vent at the maximum-security wing of a Southern California jail last year, along with scenes from their days on the run. Source
  • North Korea mysteriously cancels beer fest, but unveils new brew

    World News CTV News
    PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of -- North Korea has suddenly cancelled a popular monthlong beer festival, but people won't be going thirsty in a country where brews are cheap and carry the ruling family's seal of approval. Source