US puts sanctions on Hezbollah leader suspected of masterminding Buenos Aires 1994 attack

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the hemispheric anti-terrorism summit, in Buenos Aires on July 19, a city where an attack masterminded by a Hezbollah leader killed 85 people. (Reuters)
Updated 20 July 2019

US puts sanctions on Hezbollah leader suspected of masterminding Buenos Aires 1994 attack

  • US Treasury sanctions freeze any assets of Salman Raouf Salman
  • State Department is offering a $7 million reward for information

WASHINGTON: The US on Friday imposed financial sanctions on a Hezbollah leader suspected of masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

The US Treasury sanctions freeze any assets of Salman Raouf Salman for acting for or on behalf of Hezbollah, while the State Department is offering a $7 million reward for information on his location.

Salman "coordinated a devastating attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina against the largest Jewish center in South America 25 years ago and has directed terrorist operations in the Western Hemisphere for Hezbollah ever since," said Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

The action by the Treasury Department falls on the 25th anniversary of an attack Salman is said to have coordinated on the center in Argentina's capital. The attack killed 85 people and wounded hundreds of others. The Treasury's action freezes all assets that Salman has within U.S. jurisdiction. The Treasury said Salman is also accused of planning other terror attacks abroad from a base in Lebanon.

On Thursday, Argentina's government branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization and froze its assets.


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