The UFIAMIA reported yesterday that one of the genetic profiles extracted from samples of human remains of the AMIA terrorist attack “does not correspond with any registered victim.” Researchers speculate that it corresponds to the suicide bomber who carried out the attack, which killed 85 people and injured 300.
Investigators at the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), the Jewish community center that was the site of Argentina’s largest terrorist attack in 1994, previously reported that they had identified all bodies. Victim 85 was named as Augusto Daniel Jesus in 2016.
Now, the Special Investigatory Unit (UFI) at AMIA reports to Agency of Newspapers and Media (DyN) that “all reserved samples in the Chemical Laboratory Division of the Argentine Federal Police correspond to registered victims – with the exception of one.” Researchers are already taking measures to see if the sample matches with relatives of Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a Lebanese citizen and alleged member of Hezbollah, who is suspected to have instigated the attack.
Sabrina Namer, Roberto Salum and Leonardo Filippini have led the UFIAMIA since their predecessor, Alberto Nisman, was found dead of a gunshot wound in his apartment in Buenos Aires in 2015. He had accused then-President Cristina Kirchner and associated officials of covering up Iran’s involvement in the bombing. The cause of his death, and whether it was politically motivated, remain the source of widespread suspicion.
The team’s newest finding may bring closure to a process that has lasted over twenty years. The researchers are also renewing their examination of pieces of motor vehicles and other elements buried during the attack, so as to “complement information that scientifically backs the study produced,” according to DyN.