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Scotland Identifies 2 More Libyan Lockerbie Suspects

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Wreaths are laid at a memorial event on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, in the Dryfesdale Cemetery, in Lockerbie, Scotland Dec. 21, 2013.

Wreaths are laid at a memorial event on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, in the Dryfesdale Cemetery, in Lockerbie, Scotland Dec. 21, 2013.

Scottish prosecutors have identified two more Libyan suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, which killed 270 people.

Scotland's Crown Office said Thursday chief prosecutor Frank Mulholland and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch agree that the two Libyans can be questioned under Scottish and U.S. laws as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Scottish government did not name the suspects. But newspapers identify them as former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and bomb expert Abu Agila Mas'ud. Both are in prison in Libya on unrelated charges with Senussi having been sentenced to death.

Libyan authorities have not yet responded to Scottish requests to meet with the two.

A bomb planted in a suitcase blew-up Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988. All 259 people on board were killed along with 11 people on the ground. Most of the victims were American college students.

The late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi never admitted guilt for the terrorist attack, but as part of his efforts to ingratiate himself with the West, he said Libya was responsible. He paid $2.7 billion in compensation to the the victims' families.

He also turned over the main suspect in the bombing to Scotland — Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

Al-Megrahi became the only person convicted for the attack. He died in 2012 still insisting he was innocent.

Families of those killed say they always believed more people than al-Megrahi were involved.

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