Underwear Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

February 16, 2012 Updated Feb 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – “Underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his role in the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 heading to Detroit.

Abdulmutallab, 25, of Kaduna, Nigeria, pleaded guilty on Oct. 12, 2011, to conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, attempted to murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; willfully placing a destructive device on an aircraft, which was likely to have endangered the safety of the aircraft; attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; willfully attempting to destroy and wreck a civil aircraft; and three counts of possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.

According to case documents Abdulmutallab traveled with the bomb concealed in his underwear from Yemen to Africa and then to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he boarded Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009. The bomb contained PETN and TATP, two high explosives, and was designed to be detonated with a syringe containing other chemicals.

As Flight 253 was on descent into Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the defendant detonated the bomb, which resulted in a fire, but otherwise did not fully explode. Passengers and flight attendants tackled the defendant and extinguished the fire.




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