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U.S. Department of Justice Charges New Defendant in Lockerbie Terror Bombing Case

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Support for and Accurate Information to Families of Victims is Top Priority for U.S. Attorney’s Office in Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Today the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint charging Libyan citizen Abu Agila Mohhamad Masud for his role in building the bomb that destroyed  Pan Am Flight 103 and resulted in the murder of 270 people, announced United States Attorney General William Barr.

The victims who perished in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland on December 21, 1988 totaled 259 passengers and air crew, along with 11 residents of the village of Lockerbie. Thirty-five of the passengers who lost their lives were Syracuse University Students returning home from study abroad programs, and several others had ties to upstate New York.

“We have a special responsibility to support the families of loved ones who lost their lives in this cowardly and vicious act of terrorism,” said Antoinette T. Bacon, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York. “Because so many were students from Syracuse University, or people with close ties to this district, we will provide support and assistance to their loved ones as the case moves forward in United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Our office will work closely with the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the FBI, to be a resource for them in the days ahead. Our commitment to do so endures beyond the passing of years.”

Updated December 21, 2020

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