'Bomb threat' against Intel plant in Ireland forces evacuation of workers, among them Israelis

Would-be bomber claims ISIS affiliation, but no explosives found in chip-producing facility.

January 13, 2015 14:50
Intel sign

Intel sign . (photo credit: REUTERS)

Claiming Islamic State affiliation, a would-be bomber announced in a phone call at 5:30 am on Tuesday, that 12 devices had been rigged throughout Intel's Leixlip facility, the Irish Independent newspaper reported.

Officers considered the threat "credible" and deployed an Emergency Response Team as well as other special units to clear and secure the scene. After it was discovered that no explosive devices were present, the plant was deemed safe and work resumed at 10 a.m. this morning.

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As a security precaution during the alert, staff, including dozens of Israelis, were prohibited from accessing their vehicles.

Intel spent $5 billion over the past three years upgrading its Leixlip facility but has also invested $6 billion in another project in Israel, which was revealed in May of last year.

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