Lockerbie, the Libyan intelligence agent who made the bomb, was arrested by the FBI

Lockerbie, the Libyan intelligence agent who made the bomb, was arrested by the FBI

The Libyan intelligence agent accused of the 1988 bombing of the US airliner in Lockerbie, Abu Agila Mohammad Massud, was arrested in Libya by the FBI and extradited to the United States to stand trial. The Pan Am flight departed on December 21, 1988 from London bound for New York, but exploded over the Scottish village of Lockerbie: all 259 occupants of the plane, including passengers and crew, died, in addition to 11 people killed by the Debris from the aircraft fell to the ground.

The only person convicted of the attack was the Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, who died in 2012 after always proclaiming his innocence. Two years ago, 32 after the tragedy, American justice indicted Massud, a former member of Muhammar Gaddafi’s secret services and at the time detained in Libya, suspected of having assembled and programmed the bomb.

The Lockerbie attack was the one that caused the highest number of victims in the history of the United Kingdom, and the second that occurred on British soil, but also one of the most serious in terms of the number of American victims (190 of those killed were US citizens), surpassed just 13 years later by the attacks of September 11, 2001. The regime of the Libyan dictator Gaddafi would officially recognize its responsibility for the Lockerbie attack in 2003, paying 2.7 billion dollars in compensation to the families of the victims. The investigation was resumed in 2016, when the US judicial system learned that Massoud had been arrested after the fall of the dictator and would have made a confession to the secret services of the new Libyan regime in 2012.

Source: IL Tempo