As US Justice Department Prepares to Charge New Lockerbie Suspect, What Actually Happened?

Four days before Christmas in 1988 Pan-Am Flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. The plane, which was flying from London to New York, had been brought down by a bomb but who planted it and why?

The US Justice Department reportedly plans to charge a new suspect in connection with the infamous bombing of a Boeing 747 in 1988.

The Wall Street Journal reported the man in question was Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, who allegedly worked as a bombmaker for President Muammar Gaddafi.

​On 21 December 1988 a bomb exploded in the plane’s cargo hold, killing all 258 people on board and another 12 on the ground in the small town of Lockerbie in southern Scotland.

The plane had only taken off an hour earlier from Heathrow Airport and on board were 190 Americans, including 35 students from Syracuse University in upstate New York who were flying home for Christmas after a semester in London.

​Like the 9/11 attacks, the attack came completely out of the blue and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was caught off guard, as was the US President-Elect George H.W. Bush and the outgoing President, Ronald Reagan.   

MI6 and the CIA began to compile a list of suspected nations and terrorist groups who might have carried out the atrocity.

Top of the list was Libya, whose quixotic ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was often accused by the US of supporting acts of terrorism against US targets, including the 1986 bombing of a nightclub in West Berlin popular with American…

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