Nigerian pleads guilty over underpants bomb
Published 13/10/2011 | 05:00
AN al-Qa'ida terrorist admitted yesterday trying to blow up a transatlantic airliner with a bomb hidden in his underpants, describing it as a "blessed weapon to save the lives of Muslims".
Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, a former student at University College London, changed his pleas to guilty on the second day of his trial for plotting to blow up the aircraft as it came to land at Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009.
He then delivered a five-minute speech to the Detroit court, insisting his actions were righteous and that committing jihad against the United States was one of "the most virtuous of deeds" a Muslim could perform.
The 25-year-old Nigerian said he intended to avenge the "US wreckage of Muslim lands and property" and warned, "If you laugh at us now we will laugh at you later, on the day of judgment".
Abdulmutallab, who now faces a life sentence, pleaded guilty to all eight charges he faced and will be sentenced on January 12. (© Daily Telegraph, London)