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The Lockerbie bombing suspect is now in US custody.

LONDON (CNN) — A Libyan man accused of being involved in building the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over the city of Lockerbie in December 1988 is now in US custody, US and Scottish officials said on Sunday.

A spokesman for the UK’s Crown Office and the Solicitor General’s Revenue Service told CNN that the US indicted Abu Agila Mohammed Massoud Kheir al-Marimi two years ago for his alleged role in the bombing.

The attack killed 270 people when the bomb exploded over the Scottish town while on a flight from London to New York.

The US Justice Department issued a statement Sunday morning confirming that the United States has taken into custody Abu Agila Mohammed Massoud Kheir al-Marimi, the “alleged bomb maker of Pan Am Flight 103”, who he said is expected to Make “your initial appearance in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia,” according to a spokesperson.

The statement did not identify a specific date for his court appearance, but said more details would be forthcoming.

Al-Marimi was in custody in Libya for unrelated crimes when he was indicted by the US Department of Justice two years ago.

A UK official told CNN that “the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been told that the suspect ‘Masood’ or ‘Masood’ remains in US custody.” Scottish prosecutors and police, the UK government and their US counterparts are cooperating SE, will continue this investigation with the sole purpose of bringing those who acted in collusion with Al Megrahi to justice.”

Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed Al Megrahi was accused along with Al Amin Khalifa Fimah of placing explosives in a portable cassette and radio player that was inside a suitcase on the plane. Megrahi was sentenced to 27 years in prison in 2001, but was released after being diagnosed with cancer. He died in 2012. Fimah was acquitted.

The Lockerbie bombing remains the deadliest terrorist attack ever to have occurred in Britain. It killed 259 people on board along with 11 people on the ground.

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