British Prime Minister Cameron makes unexpected visit to Libya

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LONDON — U.K. police officers will travel to Libya to investigate the Lockerbie bombing, British Prime Minister David Cameron said today.

The news came as Cameron made an unannounced visit to the North African country’s capital, Tripoli, and held bilateral talks to explore what support and expertise Britain can offer to Libya to strengthen its security and defeat terrorism.

Cameron said he was “delighted” that police would be able to “look into the issues” around the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town. The attack killed 270 people, many of them American.

The death last spring of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi — a former Libyan intelligence agent and the only man convicted over the bombing — renewed pleas from victims’ relatives for further investigation of the bombing.

After the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Britain asked Libya’s new rulers to help fully investigate.

Cameron also said Britain was prepared to provide training and advice to Libya amid growing concerns over security in the region, pledging to help Libya’s police and army.

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