Argentina calls for arrest of Iranian minister for suspected role in AMIA bombing

Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi speaks during a press conference in Tehran on March 4, 2024. (Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi speaks during a press conference in Tehran on March 4, 2024. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

After blaming Iran for bombings of the Israeli embassy and Jewish AMIA center in the 1990s, Argentina has called on Interpol to arrest Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

Vahidi, formerly the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ extraterritorial Quds Force, is suspected of bearing responsibility for the attacks.

Buenos Aires also asks the governments of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, where Vahidi is currently touring, to arrest the minister.

Notably, Vahidi has been wanted by Interpol since 2007 for his role in the bombings, to little effect.

In 1992, a bomb attack on the Israeli embassy left 29 dead. Two years later, a truck loaded with explosives drove into the AMIA Jewish center and detonated, leaving 85 dead and 300 injured.

Argentina and Israel have long suspected Hezbollah carried out the AMIA attack at Iran’s request.

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