Last Unknown Victim of 1994 AMIA Jewish Center Bombing in Argentina Identified

Remains of the AMIA Jewish center after the 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Credit: La Nación via Wikimedia Commons.

Augusto Daniel Jesus, the only unidentified victim of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, has been identified, according to a Wednesday announcement by the Argentinian government’s AMIA Special Investigating Unit. Jesus, 20, and his mother were among the 85 people killed in the attack, most of them Jewish. 300 were injured as well. A DNA analysis, carried out by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, identified Jesus’ remains with 99.9% certainty.

Argentina holds Lebanese terror group Hezbollah responsible for the bombing, and believes it was carried out under the direction of Iran. No arrests have been made in the investigation, which has been hounded by allegations of corruption and incompetence. Alberto Nisman, the former leader of the AMIA Investigatory Unit, was found dead of a gunshot wound in his Buenos Aires apartment in 2015.

Relatives say Jesus and his mother were killed while attending a class at the AMIA Jewish center on caring for people with health problems.

Sofia Guterman, who lost her daughter Andrea in the bombing, said during the bombing’s 22nd anniversary in July that the Argentinian government “talked a lot but did very little” since the attack.

“It is time that it promises less and solves more,” Guterman was quoted as saying by Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

08/11/2016 4:28 PM by Menachem Rephun

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