The 1994 attack on the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, or AMIA, was the deadliest such strike in Argentina's history. Besides the 85 people killed, more than 300 were injured when a van loaded with explosives was detonated in front of the building.
Argentine courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians — including former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, and Iran's former cultural attaché in Buenos Aires, Mohsen Rabbani — over the bombing.
Kirchner’s government has said two men who Nisman believed were deeply involved in the alleged cover-up of the attack had been falsely presented to him as state intelligence agents. She said the deception discredited Nisman's charges against her, and points to a conspiracy to smear her name.
In a Facebook post days after Nisman's death, Kirchner claimed that he was killed to immerse her government in scandal after he had been “used” to publicly accuse her of involvement in the cover-up.
The Kirchner government had dismissed Nisman's charges as ridiculous, and it has suggested the scandal involves a power struggle at Argentina's intelligence agency.
Kirchner has since supported a move to dissolve the country's intelligence network and replace it with a new federal agency.
Al Jazeera and The Associated Press