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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – An eco-terrorist group known as Il Silvestre (“The Woodland”) has been linked to the thwarted bombing of an (NYSE: IBM) nanotechnology facility in Switzerland.

According to The Daily Mail in London, the three suspects arrested in the alleged scheme

The trio was “stopped just a few miles from their target with their explosive device primed and ready to go,” the newspaper said.

They were identified as Costantino Ragusa and Silvia Guerini of Italy and Italian-Swiss citzen Luca Bernasconi. According to the Daily Mail, Constantino is the leader of the group. Both he and Guerini “already have convictions for eco-terrorism offences and have served jail terms,” the paper said.

“The group describes itself as anarchist and is opposed to all forms of micro-technology as well as nuclear power and weapons,” the London newspaper said.

The Daily Mail quoted police as saying “A large quantity of explosives was found.”

Police discovered "explosive and further items in their car" as well as a note "indicating a planned attack on the branch of an international company," said Jeannette Balmer, a spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutors Office, on Monday.

All of those arrested remain in detention, she said.

The SonntagsBlick newspaper reported the suspects intended to attack a nanotechnology research facility that IBM Corp. is building in Rueschlikon.

IBM operates

"IBM has been notified by Swiss police authorities about an investigation and is cooperating accordingly," spokesman Chris Sciacca told The Associated Press. He declined to answer further questions, citing the police investigation.

IBM operates a major research facility in Zurich.

The company employs some 10,000 people at its Research Triangle Park, N.C. campus.


Information from the Associated Press is included in the report.