SWITZERLAND: Possible chemical attack threat as two SYRIAN terror suspects arrested for ‘making and transporting explosives and toxic gases’

Two Syrian Muslims were arrested in Geneva on suspicion of transporting ‘explosives and toxic gases’ as part of a probe into a terror threat. Switzerland’s attorney general said the men were also suspected of making and hiding the dangerous materials. 

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UK Daily Mail  More arrests are expected to be made in the coming days amid heightened security on Switzerland’s border with France. The two men, who spoke Arabic and had valid Syrian passports, had just arrived in Geneva. They were subjected to extra checks because of their ‘behaviour and their nationality’, he added.

Geneva prosecutor Olivier Jornot did not elaborate on claims about potential chemical weapons. He also claimed the traces of explosives found in the car may not have been linked to the pair, who had only recently acquired the car.

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Officials have opened criminal proceedings against the men under a law which bans groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS. The men have been handed over to Swiss federal police despite denying criminal intent. 

The two men are accused of the ‘manufacture, concealment and transport of explosives and toxic gases’, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The men have been handed over to Swiss federal police despite denying criminal intent. 

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The city has remained on high alert due to an increased jihadist threat in Switzerland, with added security personnel making careful checks on vehicles. Geneva’s public prosecutor has announced a news conference for later today with no confirmation yet of the chemicals found in the car.

ISIS has recruited experts with chemistry, physics and computer science degrees to wage war with weapons of mass destruction against the West, a shocking European Parliament report has claimed.  The terror organisation, according to the briefing document, ‘may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks’.

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The document, which was compiled in the aftermath of the deadly attacks on Paris claimed that ISIS has already smuggled WMD material into Europe.

Australia believes the Islamic State group has among its recruits highly trained technicians who are capable of building chemical weapons. In a speech late on Friday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that the Sunni-militants have used toxic chemicals including sarin and chlorine over the past four years.

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The Geneva region raised its alert level to three on a five-point scale on Thursday following fears of a potential terror attack. Armed police were deployed at sensitive locations across the city, which is home to the UN’s European headquarters.

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga revealed yesterday that a ‘foreign authority’ had handed over intelligence information to Swiss intelligence about ‘a potential IS cell in the Geneva area’.