The two suspects arrested Friday are accused of the “manufacture, concealment and transport of explosives and toxic gases,” the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
They are also under suspicion of violating Swiss law prohibiting “groups like Al-Qaeda, Islamic State and similar organisations”, it added.
Several Swiss media reported Friday that two people had been arrested in the Geneva region and that traces of explosives were found in their car, as the western city remained on alert due to an increased jihadist threat.
As a result of the foiled plot, officials in the Geneva region raised the terror alert level to ‘three’ on a five-point scale and deployed armed police to sensitive locations across the city.
Reuters followed up the breaking news:
Two Syrians arrested in Geneva on Friday had traces of explosives in their car but no toxic gas, Prosecutor Olivier Jornot told a news conference on Saturday.
The two had just arrived in Geneva, he said, adding more arrests were expected in the days ahead amid heightened security in the Swiss city on the French border.
The arrested Syrians had “traces of explosives” in their car, but no toxic gases. Traces of explosives, huh. That would indicate that there had been larger amounts of explosives in the car, but those more significant amounts had been removed, leaving behind only traces.