New suspects in Lockerbie bombing include ex-Qaddafi spy chief

The two new Libyan suspects in the deadly 1998 Lockerbie bombing are Abdullah al-Senussi, the former spy chief of ousted dictator Muammar Qaddafi, and a second man, Mohammed Abu Ejaila, Reuters reported Friday.

Senussi is currently being held in a jail in Tripoli after he was sentenced for his role in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against Qaddafi. No details were immediately available on the second suspect, Reuters adds.

The bombing of a passenger jet over the town of Lockerbie killed all 259 people on board, many of them American college students, and 11 on the ground.

Scotland's Crown Office said that Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch agreed "there is a proper basis in law in Scotland and the United States to entitle Scottish and U.S. investigators to treat two Libyans as suspects in the continuing investigation into the bombing of flight Pan Am 103." The two convened in Washington last month, the Justice Department confirms to Fox News.

The two countries are asking Libyan authorities to help Scottish detectives and FBI officers interview the suspects in Tripoli, according to a statement.

The unnamed Libyans are suspected of carrying out the bombing with Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the attack.

Al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer, was found guilty in 2001 of planting the explosive but was freed from a Scottish jail in 2009 on compassionate grounds because he had cancer – to the outrage of many victims' families. He died in Libya in 2012.

The bomb blew up the New York-bound Boeing 747 as it flew over Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

The case is still open, and after the 2011 fall of dictator Moammar Qaddafi, Britain asked Libya's new rulers to help fully investigate. But the country has since been wracked by chaos and political violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.