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Underwear bomber gets life: He never expressed doubt or remorse, judge says

Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, sentenced to multiple life sentences, declared in federal court in Detroit: 'Mujahideen are proud to kill in the name of God.'  


In this courtroom drawing, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appears in US District Judge Nancy Edmunds' courtroom in Detroit, October 4, 2011. Edmunds sentenced the 25-year-old underwear bomber to multiple terms of life without parole on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

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Admitted underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was sentenced on Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison for his attempt to destroy a commercial jetliner in flight on Christmas Day 2009.

Mr. Abdulmutallab faced a combination of four consecutive life sentences as well as an additional life sentence plus 60 years in prison after pleading guilty in October to all eight charges related to the Al Qaeda bomb plot.

There were 290 individuals on the Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines jetliner at the time of the planned bombing.

US District Judge Nancy Edmunds sentenced the 25-year-old Nigerian to multiple terms of life without parole.

“The defendant has never expressed any doubt or regret or remorse about his mission,” the judge said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “To the contrary, he sees that mission as divinely inspired and a continuing mission.”

The judge told Abdulmutallab that she could not control his future intentions and motives, but she could control any opportunity for him to attempt another suicide attack.

Speaking in federal court in Detroit, Abdulmutallab was defiant. “Today is a day of victory,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “Mujahideen are proud to kill in the name of God. And that is exactly what God told us to do in the Koran.”


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