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US imposes financial sanctions on Salman Raouf Salman, a top Hezbollah leader

$7 million reward for information leading to his capture

US imposes financial sanctions on Salman Raouf Salman, a top Hezbollah leader, suspected of masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people

The United States is targeting a senior operative of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group with sanctions as part of its pressure campaign against Tehran. The government is also issuing a $7 million reward for information leading to the capture of the operative, Salman Rauf Salman.

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

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

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.


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