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December 10, 2015 11:05 AM

Officials in Geneva, Switzerland, announced Thursday that the city is on alert for a possible terrorist attack, PEOPLE has learned.

“We had some information that the threat of a terrorist attack was present in Geneva and we had some information about the people who might be in Geneva preparing these attacks,” a Geneva police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE. “We are actively searching for them.”

She adds: “At this stage it is a mixture of precaution and active research. We have some people identified who are potentially in Geneva or the surrounding region and who are potentially preparing a terrorist attack. So we have to be prepared.”

However, the spokeswoman emphasizes that the city is not in an emergency state like Paris or Brussels were recently.

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More than 100 people died in the series of coordinated terror attacks last month, when terrorists connected to ISIS opened fire at locations across Paris, France, including various restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall.

An eyewitness to one of the attacks, on restaurant La Belle Equipe, told PEOPLE he saw “absolute carnage.”

“I saw people die. I saw people die,” Jean Pierre said. “I had people die in my arms. There wasn’t anything you could do to help them.”

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