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Times Square bomber defiant as he's sentenced to die in jail

Dan Revers in New York

Published 06/10/2010 | 05:00

The failed Times Square car bomber was jailed for life yesterday for trying to bring murder to crowded central New York.

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Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad was told by a judge that she hoped he spent his time behind bars thinking "carefully about whether the Koran wants you to kill lots of people".

Shahzad's thirst for bloodshed showed no signs of waning as he and Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum sparred over his reasoning for giving up his comfortable life in America to train in Pakistan and carry out the attack on May 1.

Instead of exploding, the bomb in the back of a sport utility vehicle failed to detonate, attracting the attention of a street vendor, who alerted police. The discovery set off an evacuation of the area and an investigation that resulted in his arrest two days later as he sought to flee the country.

"You appear to be someone who was capable of education and I do hope you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Koran wants you to kill lots of people," the judge told Shahzad after she announced his mandatory life sentence, which under federal sentencing rules will keep him behind bars until he dies.

Shahzad (31) responded that the "Koran gives us the right to defend. And that's all I'm doing."

Earlier, Shahzad offered a lecture of his own for Americans, saying he felt no remorse. "We are only Muslims. . . but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorising you," he said. At another point, he said: "The defeat of the US is imminent."

The judge said her sentence was important "to protect the public from further crimes of this defendant and others who would seek to follow him."

Asked if he had any final words, Shahzad said: "I'm happy with the deal that God has given me."

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