Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab , Nigerian underwear bomber, gets life in prison

Tried to blow up a flight near Detroit

DETROIT (AP) -- A Nigerian who tried to blow up an international flight near Detroit on behalf of al-Qaida has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

   The mandatory punishment Thursday for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was never in doubt after he pleaded guilty in October. The 25-year-old says the bomb in his underwear was a "blessed weapon" to avenge poorly treated Muslims worldwide.

   The bomb didn't fully detonate aboard an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight but caused a brief fire that burned Abdulmutallab.

   He admitted afterward that the attack was inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki (ahn-WAHR' al-aw-LAH'-kee), a radical American-born cleric and leading al-Qaida figure killed by a U.S. drone strike last fall.

   Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds announced the sentence in a crowded courtroom that included some passengers from Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

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