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Bombing Anniversary in Argentina

July 19, 2002

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Calling for justice, some 5,000 people lit candles and held a moment of silence to mark the eighth anniversary of a bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. It was the deadliest terror attack in Argentina’s history.

Eighty-five people were killed and more than 200 injured in the powerful car bomb blast in 1994. Critics and Jewish leaders have criticized Argentine authorities for failing to apprehend those responsible.

``The case remains unsolved and we still have no answers. We demand justice and we demand it now,″ Abraham Kahul, president of the AMIA, or Jewish Community Cultural Center, said at Thursday’s ceremony.

The bombing was one of two in Buenos Aires in the early 1990s. In March 1992, a blast destroyed the Israeli Embassy, killing 28 people.

Fifteen former police officers are being tried in an investigation into the community center bombing, accused of indirect roles. The provincial police officers have been charged of having cooperated with the bombers and a man suspected of supplying the van used by terrorists in the attack.

Investigators have yet to find those who ordered and carried out the bombing.

Some in the Jewish community accuse the courts and police of failing to carry out a proper investigation for fear of embarrassing revelations. Government officials have denied the charge.

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