Hezbollah militant suspected as bomber in 1994 attack on Argentine Jewish center | VailDaily.com

Hezbollah militant suspected as bomber in 1994 attack on Argentine Jewish center

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The bomber who detonated a van packed with explosives outside a Jewish community center in 1994, killing 85 people in Argentina’s worst terrorist attack, has been identified as a Hezbollah militant, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Prosecutor Alberto Nisman said in a statement that Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a Lebanese citizen and member of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, carried out the attack that leveled the community center in downtown Buenos Aires.Leaders of Argentina’s Jewish community have alleged that Iran had organized the attack. Iran has repeatedly denied the accusation.Nisman said there are several lines of investigation, “including the hypothesis of help from Iran.”The prosecutor said investigators believe the 21-year-old Hussein Berro entered Argentina through the Tri-Border Region, a center of smuggling near the joint borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.The rigged van exploded July 18, 1994, outside the Argentine Israeli Mutual Aid Association, leveling the seven-story building, a symbol of Argentina’s more than 200,000-strong Jewish population.A spokesman for the community center group, Daniel Berliner, said Jewish authorities had received that information from Nisman as part of an ongoing investigation of the case.The Jewish center bombing was the second of two attacks targeting Jews in Argentina during the 1990s. A March 1992 blast destroyed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people in a case that has also been blamed on Hezbollah. Hezbollah has denied responsibility for both bombings.Vail, Colorado

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