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Lockerbie disaster: Man accused of making bomb that detonated Pan Am Flight 103 is now in US custody | UK News

The man accused of making the bomb that detonated Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 is currently being held in the United States.

Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir al Marimi is said to be the “third conspirator” behind the attack.

The US Department of Justice has confirmed that Mas’ud is in custody and said he will appear for the first time in federal court in Washington DC.

We don’t know when it will appear.

Some 243 passengers and 16 crew members were killed when a bomb, planted on the airliner, exploded at 38,000 feet.

Eleven other people were killed on the ground as debris fell on homes in the town of Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway.

The attack killed 270

It remains the deadliest terrorist attack on British soil.

The only person convicted for these atrocities is Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, who was imprisoned for life in 2001 and released on humanitarian grounds in 2009 after being diagnosed with cancer. He died in 2012.

Scottish authorities said: “The families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been informed that the suspect Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir al Marimi is in US custody.

“Scottish prosecutors and police, together with the UK government and their US colleagues, will continue to pursue this investigation, with the sole aim of bringing to justice those who acted with al Megrahi.”

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi
Abdelbaset al Megrahi, center, was jailed for life

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In 2020, Mas’ud was accused by William Barr, the United States Attorney General, of being the third person involved in the terrorist attack.

At the time, he was believed to have been held in Libya and Mr Barr said US authorities would work “arm in arm” with their Scottish counterparts.

“That there is no mistake, no time or distance will prevent the United States and our Scottish partners from prosecuting this matter,” Mr Barr said.

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