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Nigerian 'Underwear Bomber' Gets Life In Prison


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, in a booking photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service in Detroit in December 2009.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, in a booking photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service in Detroit in December 2009.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the "underwear bomber" by media for trying to detonate an explosive device hidden in his underwear on a Detroit-bound airliner, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Judge Nancy Edmunds on February 16 called it a "just punishment," adding the defendant "has never expressed any doubt or regret or remorse about his mission" and "poses a significant ongoing threat to the safety of American citizens everywhere."

Abdulmutallab admitted he intended to carry out the suicide bombing on board the December 25, 2009, flight on orders from the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.

He claimed to have trained in Yemen under Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed last September.

Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to all eight charges against him at a hearing in October 2011.

Compiled from agency reports
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