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Buenos Aires - Argentina Honors Jewish Terror Attack Victims On 25th Anniversary

Published on: July 18, 2019 01:30 PM
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A man cries as he holds up a candle on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A man cries as he holds up a candle on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Buenos Aires - Fire department sirens have sounded across the Argentine capital to honor 85 people who died 25 years ago in the nation’s worst terrorist attack — the bombing of a Jewish center.

Argentine prosecutors blame Iranian officials for plotting the attack on the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association and say the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah carried it out. But nobody has been convicted despite years of investigations.

Earlier attempts at prosecutions collapsed. Iran has refused to turn over the people who now face charges, and denies any involvement.

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Prosecutor Alberto Nisman in 2015 accused former President Cristina Fernandez of helping cover up the case, which she denies. Nisman was found dead in his apartment days later.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to attend a memorial service on Friday.

epa07724947 A man participates during an event to commemorate the 25 years of the attack against Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 July 2019. On 18 July 1994, a van carrying explosives rammed into the AMIA building, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300.  EPA-EFE/Enrique G. Medina (Credit: EPA-EFE)epa07724947 A man participates during an event to commemorate the 25 years of the attack against Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 July 2019. On 18 July 1994, a van carrying explosives rammed into the AMIA building, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300.  EPA-EFE/Enrique G. Medina (Credit: EPA-EFE)
epa07724948 A man touches a billboard with the names of victims during an event to commemorate the 25 years of the attack against the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 July 2019. On 18 July 1994, a van carrying explosives rammed into the AMIA building, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300.  EPA-EFE/Enrique G. Medina (Credit: EPA-EFE)epa07724948 A man touches a billboard with the names of victims during an event to commemorate the 25 years of the attack against the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 July 2019. On 18 July 1994, a van carrying explosives rammed into the AMIA building, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300.  EPA-EFE/Enrique G. Medina (Credit: EPA-EFE)
epa07724949 People participate during an event to commemorate the 25 years of the attack against Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 July 2019. On 18 July 1994, a van carrying explosives rammed into the AMIA building, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300.  EPA-EFE/Enrique G. Medina (Credit: EPA-EFE)epa07724949 People participate during an event to commemorate the 25 years of the attack against Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 July 2019. On 18 July 1994, a van carrying explosives rammed into the AMIA building, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300.  EPA-EFE/Enrique G. Medina (Credit: EPA-EFE)
A man holds the Spanish message:  "Here they kill" on the 25 anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Credit: AP)A man holds the Spanish message:  "Here they kill" on the 25 anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Credit: AP)
A man stands amid pictures of victims of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people, on the 25th anniversary of the attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Credit: AP)A man stands amid pictures of victims of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people, on the 25th anniversary of the attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Credit: AP)
People hold up pictures of people who died during the bombing at the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people on the 25th anniversary of the attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Credit: AP)People hold up pictures of people who died during the bombing at the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people on the 25th anniversary of the attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Credit: AP)
FILE - In this July 18, 1994 file photo, firefighters and rescue workers search through the rubble of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community center after a car bomb destroyed the building, killing 85 people. Argentina announced on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, that it is creating an anti-terrorism database ahead of the 25th anniversary of its worst terror attack. (Credit: AP)FILE - In this July 18, 1994 file photo, firefighters and rescue workers search through the rubble of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community center after a car bomb destroyed the building, killing 85 people. Argentina announced on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, that it is creating an anti-terrorism database ahead of the 25th anniversary of its worst terror attack. (Credit: AP)


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