New Suspect to be Charged in 1988 Pan Am Lockerbie Bombing

U.S. prosecutors are expected to announce charges against a new suspect due to his alleged key participation in the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing that claimed the lives of 270 people,.

U.S. prosecutors are expected to announce charges against a new suspect due to his alleged key participation in the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing that claimed the lives of 270 people, the U.S. media reported on Wednesday.

According to officials, the Justice Department is set to launch a criminal complaint against Abu Agila Mohammad Masud in the coming days. The prosecution would also seek the extradition of the Libyan suspect for trial on charges in U.S. federal court.

Investigations conducted by the prosecution indicated that Masud was a bomb-making expert for the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, alleging him of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103, over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.

The incident prompted several intergovernmental organizations to slap sanctions against Libya.

Among the killed individuals were 190 American citizens. The massive bombing is still deemed as the most fatal terrorist attack that happened on British soil.

The criminal complaint raises the likelihood of a first U.S. trial related to the deadly bombing.


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