GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
December 21, 1988: Terrorists believed to be sponsored by Libya blow up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

All 270 people onboard Pan Am flight 103 are killed in a bombing believed to be in retaliation for U.S. bombing raids on Tripoli in 1986. The 1986 raids led to the destruction of Libyan president Qaddafi's house and the death of his young daughter. Qaddafi is widely suspected of using Libya's oil funds to support terrorism abroad, including groups as disparate as the Black Panthers in the United States and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Northern Ireland.

PBS Lockerbie Verdict /jan-june01/lockerbie_1-31.html

NewsHour discusses today's verdict in the 1988 Pan Am flight 103 bombing case. (January 2001)