One of the most heinous terror attacks of the last century was perpetrated by a Palestinian group, a former senior member of the Israeli security establishment told the Times of Israel on Thursday.
Twenty-five years after Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, with the loss of all 259 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground, it was revealed that Ahmed Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command was responsible.
The Israeli source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Israel was “listening” in during the months prior to the attack on a plot for what “we thought was a plan to target an Israeli plane” and that it was “clear that Jibril prepared the operation.”
“We told the British and the Americans what we knew, which was that there was an intention to hit an Israeli plane,” he said. “We didn’t warn about a British or an American plane because we didn’t know that,” he said.
It was the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on British territory, and the worst terror attack on American civilians with the exception of 9/11.
The Israeli source confirmed that Libya, under Col. Muammar Gadhafi, had commissioned the attack. In 2003, the Libyan government accepted responsibility for the bombing and paid compensation to victims’ families.