Bombing suspect who destroyed plane with hundreds of passengers in US custody

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    A man who was accused of making a bomb that destroyed a London-bound plane has been taken into custody in the US.

    Scottish authorities revealed Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, thought to be the "third conspirator" in the fatal crash of Pan Am flight 103, has been arrested 34 years after the devastating attack.

    The 1988 bombing, which saw the plane infamously downed in Lockerbie, is the deadliest terrorist attack the UK has ever seen, with all 259 passengers and a number of crew killed in the blast.

    A further 11 people were killed by the crash, which destroyed their homes – bringing the total number of deaths up to 270.

    A spokesman for the Crown Office said of the arrest: "The families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been told that the suspect Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi (‘Mas’ud’ or ‘Masoud’) is in US custody.

    "Scottish prosecutors and police, working with UK Government and US colleagues, will continue to pursue this investigation, with the sole aim of bringing those who acted along with al-Megrahi to justice."

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