Geneva has reduced the security level in place since December 10, with officials citing a lower threat of terrorism. Geneva police had stepped up security as part of investigations in the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris.
The decisionexternal link to take the security level down a notch, from three to two out of a scale of five, was taken by the department of security and the economy, at the suggestion of the Geneva cantonal police and following consultation with federal authorities.
A number of diplomatic, commercial and religious events in Geneva which were considered potential terrorist targets are now over.
On December 10, the Geneva department of security had issued a terse statement saying they were looking for ‘suspects’ in Geneva identified by Swiss federal authorities in connection with ongoing terrorism investigations.
Between December 10 and December 28, police guarded strategic locations day and night, and were on standby to intervene at major events, such as the city’s Escalade festivities.
There was a visible police presence outside synagogues, the main UN building and the French ambassador's home, as well as at train stations, the airport, border posts and busy public spots.
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