Memorials in Britain to mark 25th anniversary of Pan Am Lockerbie bombing


Senior British politicians and some of the families of those who died in the 1988 airliner bombing over Scotland were to gather later Saturday in London and Scotland for memorials to mark the attack’s 25th anniversary.

Scottish leader Alex Salmond will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at Dryfesdale Cemetery in the town of Lockerbie, where Pan Am 103 exploded soon after takeoff from London on the evening of Dec. 21, 1988. The terrorist attack, the deadliest to have taken place in Britain, killed 270 people.

Later in the day, other senior Scottish officials were to attend a service at London’s Westminster Abbey.

In the United States, where most of the victims were from, Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials were to speak at a ceremony at Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery.