Two arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses as Geneva remains on alert

Posted at 10:35 AM, Dec 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-12 10:35:40-05

(CNN) — Swiss police have arrested two people and found traces of explosives in a car as security remains high around Geneva amid a terrorism alert and a hunt for suspects, a diplomatic source told CNN’s Nic Robertson on Saturday.

Authorities have been looking for at least two people with indirect links to suspects in the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks. It was not immediately clear whether Saturday’s arrests were linked to the attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed.

The two were arrested Friday and charged Saturday, according to a statement Saturday from the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland. Both are Syrians.

The are being arrested on suspicion of the manufacture, concealment and transport of explosives and toxic gases, as well as on suspicion of violating the prohibition of groups such as al Qaida, Islamic State and similar organizations.