Lockerbie Bombing Suspect Statement Revives Decades-Old Probe

US authorities have been looking for those responsible for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am 103 for a long time Lockerbie bombing. However, they didn’t go after Abu Agila Mas’ud until he admitted to building explosives after his arrest in Libya in 2017.

Sunday’s news that I have taken a Libyan man suspected of being involved in the 1988 bombing of a passenger plane into US custody brought the infamous terrorist attack and long-running efforts to find those responsible back into the spotlight.

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Abu Agila Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi is accused of making the bomb that blew up a Pam Am plane over Lockerbie in Scotland.

All 259 people on the plane and 11 people on the ground died in the attack. Most of the people who died were Americans.

How did the attack on Lockerbie happen? Even though new developments have brought it back into the news, most people have mostly forgotten about the attack. Here’s what happened:

On December 21, 1988, a bomb put on Pam Am Flight 103 blew up less than half an hour after the plane left London’s Heathrow Airport for New York.

The attack destroyed the plane, which had people from 21 different countries on board. 190 Americans were among the people who died. 35 students from Syracuse University in upstate New York were flying home after spending a semester abroad.

The bombing is still the terrorist attack on British soil that killed the most people.

Investigators quickly linked the bombing to Libya, whose government had been at war with the US and other Western countries for a long time. Lockerbie bombing

The news of a suspect in the Lockerbie bombing brings the decades-long investigation into the spotlight.
The news of a suspect in the Lockerbie bombing brings the decades-long investigation into the spotlight.

About two years before the attack, Libya was blamed for the bombing of a Berlin disco that killed three people, including two US soldiers, and hurt dozens of others.

Who was held to account?

In 1991, the US said that two Libyan intelligence officers put the bomb on the plane. But the country’s leader, Col. Moammar Gaddafi, wouldn’t give them up.

After much talking, Libya agreed in 1999 to hand them over so we could try to a group of Scottish judges sitting in the Netherlands so they.

Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the man, was found guilty and given a life sentence. Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, the other man, was found not guilty.

In 2003, Libya agreed to a settlement. As part of the deal, Libya officially took responsibility for the bombing, gave up terrorism, and paid the families of the victim’s money.

Even though the US and Libyan governments got along better, they did not catch most of the people responsible for the bombing until Gaddafi was removed from power in 2011.

What brought the detectives to Mas’ud?

After I killed Gaddafi, Libyan law enforcement took Mas’ud into custody. He was an explosives expert who had worked for the country’s intelligence service for many years. In 2017, US officials got a copy of an interview with Mas’ud that was done soon after Libyan officials arrested him.

US officials say that in that interview, Mas’ud admitted that he made the bomb that was used in the attack on Pan Am and that he worked with the two men who had already been charged with putting it on the plane. An FBI affidavit says that he said Libyan intelligence ordered the operation and that Gaddafi thanked him and others after the attack.

At the end of 2020, the US Justice Department said that Mas’ud would be charged.

But since Mas’ud was in Libyan custody, his trial was mainly just a thought. US and Scottish officials said they would try to get him sent back to their countries so he could be tried.

Sunday, it wasn’t clear how Mas’ud ended up in US custody.

If he went before a judge, he would be the first person to be tried in an American court for the attack.


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