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U.S. marks 25th anniversary of Lockerbie bombing

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 - 01:48

Dec. 21 - Relatives of victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing remember loved ones on the 25th anniversary of Lockerbie. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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In a solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Americans mark the 25th anniversary of the downing of Pan Am flight 103. The service comes as the US, Britain and Libya have pledged their full support to bring those behind the bombing to justice. 270 people were killed in the attack. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed those who have lost loved ones. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER SAYING: "Although a quarter century has past since the world was shaken and so many lives were devastated by a heinous and cowardly act of terror, no amount of distance or time can ease the pain or erase the loss that was inflicted on that day." Most of the victims were Americans on their way home from Europe for Christmas. Eleven people died on the ground as the New York-bound jet plunged from the sky after a bomb exploded in its hold some 38 minutes after leaving London's Heathrow airport. Only one person was ever convicted of involvement in the attack. In 2003, Muammar Gaddafi accepted Libya's responsibility for the bombing and paid compensation to the victims' families. He did not admit personally to ordering the attack. Now Libyan prosecutors are working with Scottish and U.S. investigators trying to identify the other perpetrators.

U.S. marks 25th anniversary of Lockerbie bombing

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 - 01:48

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