Cameron: British police will visit Libya to investigate Lockerbie bombing

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 5:03 PM

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says police officers from the United Kingdom will travel to Libya to help investigate the Lockerbie bombing.

The 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 108 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie killed 270 people -- many of them American. The only man convicted in the bombing was a former Libyan intelligence agent, who died last spring. His death renewed calls from relatives of the victims for further investigation of the bombing. And after the fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Britain asked Libya's new rulers to help fully investigate.

Cameron made the announcement during an unexpected visit today to the Libyan capital of Tripoli. He says he's "delighted" that police will be able to visit Libya and "look into the issues" around the Pan Am bombing.

He also held talks to explore what support and expertise the British can offer to Libya to boost its security and defeat terrorism.

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