‘Underwear bomber,’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab gets life sentence (VIDEO)

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man known as the ‘underwear bomber,’ was sentenced today to a mandatory life sentence, after pleading guilty to attempting to blow up a passenger airplane on Christmas in 2009, according to the Associated Press.

At the sentencing hearing today in the US District Court in Detroit, Judge Nancy Edmunds said a life sentence was "just punishment" for Abdulmutallab who "never expressed doubt or regret or remorse about his mission." She said, "In contrast, he sees that mission as divinely inspired and a continuing mission."

Unrepentant, Abdulmutallab said, "Mujahideen are proud to kill in the name of God. And that is exactly what God told us to do in the Quran. … Today is a day of victory."

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Abdulmutallab, the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, was badly burned when a bomb sewn into his underwear did not fully detonate, reported the BBC. His mission was meant to be a suicide bombing for Al Qaeda, with the Yemen branch of the terrorist group claiming it was behind the attack.

Prosecutors argued that Abdulmutallab, 25, still posed a “significant, ongoing threat to the safety of American citizens everywhere,” according to The Christian Science Monitor. In court documents, Israeli criminologist Simon Perry said, “I believe there is high probability that given the opportunity, he would try once again to commit an act of martyrdom, endangering his and other innocent lives.”

Abdulmutallab pled guilty to eight felonies in October, according to The Los Angeles Times, and warned the US that “if they continue to persist and promote the blasphemy of Muhammad and the prophets” they should “await a great calamity that will befall them through the hands of the mujahideen soon.”

Abdulmutallab represented himself during his trial, but his stand-by counsel, Anthony Chambers, said that a mandatory life sentence would be “excessive and grossly disproportionate to the conduct” since no lives were lost, according to Reuters.

Abdulmutallab’s mentor of sorts, the militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed by a US drone strike in Sep. of last year, said CNN.

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Here is a video released today by the Justice Department showing an FBI recreation of a bomb identical to the one Abdulmutallab had hoped to detonate aboard the Northwest Airlines Flight 253:

Local radio station WTOP says that when the video was played in the courtroom, Abdulmutallab twice said loudy: "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," in Arabic.

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