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Argentina Calls for Arrest of Iranian Minister Suspected in 1990s Bombings

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Buenos Aires, April 24, 2024 – Argentina has escalated its efforts to bring justice to the perpetrators of the 1990s bombings targeting the Israeli embassy and the Jewish AMIA center in Buenos Aires. 

 

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Amid renewed scrutiny, Argentina has called on Interpol to arrest Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, whom they suspect of orchestrating the attacks.

 

Vahidi, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ extraterritorial Quds Force, has long been sought after by Argentine authorities for his alleged role in the bombings that claimed the lives of dozens and injured hundreds more. 

 

Despite being wanted by Interpol since 2007, Vahidi has managed to evade arrest, even while on official visits to countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

 

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The bombings, which occurred in 1992 and 1994, respectively, shook Argentina and reverberated across the international community. 

 

The attack on the Israeli embassy in 1992 resulted in 29 fatalities, while the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in 1994 claimed the lives of 85 people and left over 300 injured. 

 

Both Argentina and Israel have pointed fingers at Hezbollah, alleging that the attacks were carried out at Iran’s behest.

 

The recent call by Argentina to arrest Vahidi comes as a significant development in the decades-long pursuit of justice for the victims and their families. 

 

It underscores the determination of Argentine authorities to hold accountable those responsible for the heinous acts of terrorism that scarred the nation’s history.

 

The Argentine government issued a statement urging Interpol to take immediate action to apprehend Vahidi and bring him to justice. 

 

Furthermore, they called upon the governments of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, where Vahidi is currently traveling, to cooperate in his arrest.

 

The pursuit of justice for the victims of the embassy and AMIA bombings has been fraught with challenges and setbacks over the years. 

 

Despite Interpol issuing a red notice for Vahidi’s arrest in 2007, his whereabouts have remained elusive, and efforts to apprehend him have yielded little success.

 

The Argentine government’s latest move reflects a renewed determination to seek justice and closure for the victims and their families. 

 

It sends a clear message that those responsible for acts of terrorism will not escape accountability, regardless of the passage of time.

 

As Argentina continues its pursuit of justice, the international community watches closely, hoping for a resolution that will bring solace to the victims and serve as a deterrent against future acts of terrorism. 

 

The call for Vahidi’s arrest marks a significant step forward in the quest for truth and accountability in the aftermath of the devastating bombings that shook Argentina to its core.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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