Ultra-right Wing Group Under Investigation for Role in Bombing Jewish Community Center

The Argentine military high command is investigating an extremist right-wing organization within Army ranks said to be responsible for the bombing of the Jewish community center building in La Plata last May 16. A number of officers and non-commissioned officers of the Seventh Regiment are reportedly under detention pending completion of the investigation. Col. Jorge Petronave, commander of the Seventh Regiment, has been demoted as a result of the incident, although he personally was not involved. The matter has received considerable attention in the Argentine press. One piece of evidence indicating that military personnel were involved in the bombing was the use of trotyl, an explosive that is in the hands of military units only.

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