Colombian sought in Buenos Aires Jewish center attack

A district attorney in Argentina filed a request with a judge to order an international arrest warrant for a Colombian suspected of involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, the government news agency Telam reported May 20. The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, asked the federal judge, Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, to issue an order to capture the suspect, Samuel Salman El Reda. Nisman said El Reda is part of the “most radicalized nucleus of the Muslim community” in Argentina and “the maximum reference on a local level” for the group that masterminded the attack. Telephone calls El Reda made in the two weeks before the attack link him to Hezbollah leaders in Lebanon, according to Nisman. The July 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), which left 85 dead and some 300 wounded, was the country’s deadliest terrorist attack. (NYT, CNN, JTA, May 21; Clarin, Buenos Aires, May 20)

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