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July 19, 2005
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Hundreds of people gathered Monday morning in front of the main Jewish institution in Buenos Aires to mark the 11th anniversary of the 1994 terrorist attack on the center. At 9:53 a.m., the moment of the bombing, a siren was sounded at the AMIA Jewish community center. The names of the 85 people killed in the attack were read aloud and 85 candles were lit. An additional candle then was lit by the British ambassador to Argentina, in memory of the victims of this month’s London terror attacks. Argentine President Nestor Kirchner and his wife, Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, attended, as did government ministers. Kirchner recently said that the state must take responsibility for the failure to solve the case, adding that previous Argentine governments had covered up evidence.

Two Israeli soldiers are under arrest on suspicion of planting a fake bomb in a bus terminal. Police said Monday that the soldiers, members of an infantry regiment that caters to fervently Orthodox conscripts, were arrested but had not confessed to the charges. They are suspected of smuggling a gas canister into the Jerusalem Central Bus Station last week, rigging it up to look like a bomb and leaving a note denouncing Israel’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank.

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