A Libyan man accused of constructing the bomb that exploded on a civilian aircraft over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 270 folks, has been transferred to U.S. custody, in accordance with a report from the Related Press.
The U.S. Division of Justice first introduced costs in opposition to Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi in December of 2020 after he was arrested in Libya. Mas’ud can be the primary particular person to face costs in a U.S. courtroom over the terrorist assault.
The Pan-Am flight took off from London on Dec. 21, 1988 and was headed for New York however a bomb, designed within a Toshiba boombox, exploded lower than an hour after takeoff. The crash killed all 259 folks on board in addition to 11 folks on the bottom the place it crashed in Lockerbie, destroying houses within the space.
Because the AP notes, 190 of the folks on board have been Individuals, together with 35 college students from Syracuse College who had been spending a semester within the UK. Residents from 20 different nations have been additionally killed within the assault.
The Justice Division alleges Mas’ud admitted to the bombing as a member of Libyan intelligence within the 1980s. Moammar Gadhafi, the longtime chief of Libya earlier than his loss of life in 2011 by the hands of a insurgent militia following NATO airstrikes, reportedly thanked Mas’ud for his work constructing the bomb that destroyed the flight over Scotland.
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