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The Suspects - Mohammed Abouajela Masud and Abdullah al-Senussi (photo courtesy of Reuters/BBC)

Lockerbie Bombing suspects confirmed by Libya

Mohammed Abouajela Masud and Abdullah al-Senussi have today been named as suspects for the attack, which killed a total of 270 people.

The attack, which occurred in 1988, took place on board PanAm flight 103. A bomb exploded in the plane, killing all on board, and then crashed into the Scottish town of Lockerbie, where 11 more people died.

The ruins of Pan Am flight 103 on the ground near Lockerbie, Scotland.

The ruins of Pan Am flight 103 on the ground near Lockerbie, Scotland.

To date, only Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi had been convicted of perpetrating this devastating terror attack. Al-Megrahi died in 2012 following his compassionate release from prison in 2009 after a terminal prostate cancer diagnosis. His release left many of the victims families feeling like justice had not been done, as despite being sentenced a minimum of 27 years in prison in 2001, he was released after only 8.

The naming of the suspects in Libya has given the families of the victims more comfort. They now believe that there is true investigation being done into the tragedy. New Jersey resident Susan Cohen, whose 20 year old daughter Theodora was killed in the bombing, told ITV News that “”I’m delighted that they are doing this – we the American families have been pressing and pressing for the bombing to be properly investigated.”

Dr Jim Swire, who also lost a daughter in the bombing, explained his distrust in the judgement of the original trial, explaining that he wanted those who were actually guilty to be found guilty; “We want to know who murdered our families. But the big but for us is we’re not satisfied the one man who was found guilty was in fact guilty.”

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person to have been convicted so far.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person to have been convicted so far.

Abdullah al-Senussi has always been on the list of suspects for the West as he was, according to the BBC, “Gaddafi’s black box on every crime, atrocity, and back-door dealings that Libya was allegedly involved in during his time in power”. Masud, on the other hand, has always remained a far more shadowy suspect, and so far nothing is known about his official incarceration.

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