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‘Underwear Bomber’ Pleads Guilty To Trying To Blow Up Plane

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By Radar Staff

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — the so-called ‘Underwear Bomber’ — pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in 2009, on behalf of al Qaeda.

The 24-year-old Nigerian man — speaking in a Federal courtroom in Detroit — said he did it in retaliation for the killing of Muslims around the world and that the bomb was a “blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims.

Abdulmutallab answered questions from U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds prior to pleading guilty to all eight charges he faced.

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“Are you therefore pleading guilty freely and voluntarily?” Judge Edmunds asked him.

“That’s right, yes,” Abdulmutallab replied.

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Abdulmutallab was accused of trying to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009. The bomb didn’t work, and passengers pounced on Abdulmutallab when they saw smoke and fire.

Abdulmutallab faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

 

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