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Argentina commemorates Jewish community centre attack

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 01:51

Argentines pay tribute to victims of the 1994 attack on the Jewish community centre that killed 85 people as family members continue to call for justice. Natasha Howitt reports.

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It is 21 years since a bomb ripped through this Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people. As Argentines gather to remember the tragedy, a lot of questions remain unanswered. No one has ever been detained or taken to court for the bombing. Some blame Iran for having a role in the attack, which saw a truck laden with explosives blow up outside the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA). But Iran has consistently denied any involvement. The case returned to the spotlight earlier this year when lead prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the bombing, was found dead in his apartment. This was days before he was due to present his accusation that President Cristina Fernandez had tried to cover up Iran's alleged role. Although she has now been cleared of the accusation, an investigation is still underway to determine the mysterious death. The Director of the Association, and President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Argentina, called for answers. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) AMIA DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN ARGENTINA, ARIEL COHEN SABBAN, SAYING: "The suspicious circumstances surrounding prosecutor Nisman's death [Alberto Nisman] ramp up the obligation to find out exactly what happened. The health of the nation will be under threat until an act of such gravity and significance is clarified." The 1994 bombing came two years after a group linked to Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Tehran denied those links too.

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Argentina commemorates Jewish community centre attack

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 01:51