Iran paid a terrorist group $10 million, in cash and gold, to bomb Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, according to British news sources which cite a U.S. National Security Agency report. The document alleges that Iran's former interior minister, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, commissioned the attack in retaliation for an Iranian plane shot-down by the United States earlier that year. All 259 passengers died in the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, and 11 others were killed on the ground. Official U.S. and British findings name two Libyan intelligence officers, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fimah, as the culprits, but Libya refuses to hand over the accused men. The Iranian government denounced the reports as "propaganda", while a U.S. Department of State official said that Iran was initially a suspect in the terrorist act, but no supporting evidence was turned up.