Guilty plea in underwear bomb plot

Abdulmutallab read a political statement saying that if the United States continues “to persist and promote the blasphemy of Muhammad and the prophets,” it risks “a great calamity. .?.?. If you laugh at us now, we will laugh at you later on the day of judgment.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pled guilty Wednesday in Christmas Day airline bombing plot.

The man whose failed plot contributed to the deployment of full-body scanners at U.S. airports pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria told a federal judge that he acted in retaliation for the killing of Muslims worldwide. He referred to the bomb in his underwear as a “blessed weapon.”

Abdulmutallab, who never denied the federal charges and acknowledged working for al-Qaeda, entered the plea against his attorney’s advice on the second day of his trial. He faces a mandatory life sentence for the 2009 attack that aimed to kill nearly 300 people on Christmas Day in the skies above Detroit.


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