Switzerland on Guard for Terror as Jihadi Numbers Increase

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The Swiss intelligence community is increasing its alertness and its preparedness for future terror attacks as the number of known jihadis in the country grows. Last year, the National Intelligence Service (NDB) spent Christmas Eve on alert following a tip that turned out to be a false alarm but the threat hasn’t decreased since then, Tages Anzeiger reports. The Swiss government often receives communications from other intelligence agencies regarding Islamic terror, notably in 2014 when the American intelligence community helped break up an Islamic State terror cell and passed along information of possible Islamist fighters responsible for the Paris attacks last year hiding in Geneva. This year, the government has 480 known jihadists under investigation – up from almost 200 in 2014. Before the French and German terror attacks over the past year, the NDB considered the possibility of Islamic State being able to carry out terror attacks in Europe to be unlikely. According to experts, Switzerland is not one of the main targets of the terror group, but they noted the presence of the Swiss flag in an Islamic State video which identifies the enemies of the terror group. So far, 14 Swiss Muslims who went to Syria or Iraq to fight with the