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Published October 21, 2011, 12:25 PM

ND Mother of Bomb Victim Reacts to Gadhafi Death

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo woman whose son was killed in a terrorist plane bombing for which Moammar Gadhafi's regime accepted responsibility says the world will be a safer place with the death of the Libyan leader.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo woman whose son was killed in a terrorist plane bombing for which Moammar Gadhafi's regime accepted responsibility says the world will be a safer place with the death of the Libyan leader.

The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988, killed 270 people, including Steven Berrell, 20, a Syracuse University student at the time. The announcement of Gadhafi's death Thursday brought parents Robert and Sally Berrell a small measure of relief.

"The world will be a safer place for everyone with him gone," Sally Berrell told The Forum newspaper. "It's not going to bring Steve back or any of the victims, but it will be safer for everybody."

Gadhafi's death came two months after he was driven from power and into hiding after decades of rule that turned Libya into an international pariah. The two U.S. senators from North Dakota said Gadhafi was a brutal dictator who got what he deserved.

"This guy murdered hundreds if not thousands of his own people — people just disappeared in the night," Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., told the Grand Forks Herald. Conrad spent two years in Libya, graduating from high school shortly before the 1969 military coup led by Gadhafi. Conrad, whose parents died when he was young, was living at the time with a family friend who was an executive with an oil company there.

Conrad said the mystery to him is how Gadhafi stayed in power for so long. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement that the people of Libya "have a fresh opportunity to rebuild their country and make it a better place for themselves and their children, and we wish them the very best as they enter this next chapter in their national history."

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