Underwear Bomber Sentenced To Life In Prison For Failed Bomb Attack On Jetliner In Detroit; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
Detroit, MI -
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appeared Federal Court today in Detroit to be sentenced for having a bomb in his underwear as he flew into the U.S. on Christmas Day 2009 from Amsterdam on an Airbus A330, Northwest Airlines flight, and received a life sentence in federal Prison.
The mandatory punishment for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the well-educated son of a wealthy banker, was never in doubt after he surprised the courtroom and pleaded guilty to all charges on the second day of trial last fall.
The bomb failed to go off but did cause a fire in his groin and passengers pounced on Abdulmutallab and forced him to the front of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 where he was held until the plane landed minutes later
Abdulmutallab previously pleaded guilty in October on 8 felony counts which came as a surprise to prosecutors as they were in the midst of starting the trail. he said the bomb in his underwear was a blessed weapon" to avenge muslims who had been poorly treated around the world.
"The United States should be warned that if they continue to persist and promote the blasphemy of Muhammad and the prophets," Abdulmutallab said as he entered his guilty plea, "the United States should await a great calamity that will befall them through the hands of the mujahedin soon."
Abdulmutallab is Nigerian and is a self admitted Al Qaeda operative who justified his failed attack during his guilty plea.