US imposes sanctions on Hezbollah terrorist mastermind of 1994 AMIA attack in Argentina
The US Treasury announced on Friday that it had placed sanctions on a senior Hezbollah terrorist who was the mastermind behind the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the largest terror attack in Argentine history.
“We are targeting Salman Raouf Salman, who coordinated a devastating attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina against the largest Jewish center in South America 25 years ago and has directed terrorist operations in the Western Hemisphere for Hezbollah ever since,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
The move comes a day after Argentinian authorities announced that they have designated Hezbollah as a terror organization, an ordered the freezing of the Lebanese terror group’s assets in the country.
25 years ago, on July 18, 1994, an Iranian-backed suicide bomber drove a van loaded with about 275 kilograms of explosives into the Jewish Community Center (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, murdering 85 people and injuring 150 more, in the largest terror attack in Argentine history.
The sorrow and grief caused by this terror attack are compounded by the fact that those responsible for this horrifying act have not yet been brought to justice.
In 2018 a Federal Judge ruled that former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, along with 11 other high-profile officials and associates with her government who have been indicted, will stand trial for covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA terror attack in exchange for trade deals, like late prosecutor Alberto Nisman had accused her of before being murdered.