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'Underwear Bomber' Gets Life for Trying to Blow Up Delta Flight

By Andrew Chow, Esq. on February 16, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A Nigerian man accused of igniting an "underwear bomb" on a U.S.-bound jetliner has been sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now 25, sparked a fire but failed to blow up a Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, Reuters reports. Passengers who pounced on Abdulmutallab told the court they were still shaken by the thwarted bombing.

Abdulmutallab also got a few minutes to address the court before he was sentenced Thursday. The admitted terrorist expressed no remorse.

"The jihadi is proud to kill in the name of God, and that is exactly what God told us to do in the Koran," the underwear bomber said at his sentencing, according to Reuters.

The attempted underwear bombing was revenge for "the attacks of the United States on Muslims," Abdulmutallab said. He also told the court that Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki -- both killed by U.S. forces last year -- were still alive.

Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty in October to eight counts including conspiring to commit an act of terrorism and use of a weapon of mass destruction, USA Today reports.

A judge on Thursday imposed the maximum sentence. Abdulmutallab now has 10 days to file an appeal, but it's not clear if his attorneys will pursue that.

Abdulmutallab's attempted underwear bomb led to some now-familiar changes in airport security, including the widespread use of full-body scanners. The underwear bomber will likely serve his sentence at a federal super-max prison in Colorado, where other convicted terrorists are also being held, according to USA Today.

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