'Underwear bomber' moved to 'Supermax' prison
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab was sentenced to life in prison in February.
April 12th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

'Underwear bomber' moved to 'Supermax' prison

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, dubbed the "underwear bomber" after he was convicted of trying to bring down an airliner with a bomb concealed in his undergarments, has been moved to the federal Bureau of Prison's "Supermax" facility in Colorado, the agency said Thursday.

Bureau of Prisons official Edmond Ross would not comment on why AbdulMutallab was moved from the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, to the ultra-high-security Supermax facility in the same city.

AbdulMutallab, 25, pleaded guilty in October to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, among other charges, in trying to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day 2009.

He was sentenced to life in prison in February.

U.S. officials say the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula helped plot the bombing attempt on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which was heading from the Netherlands to Detroit. Authorities say AbdulMutallab, a passenger, tried to ignite a bomb that was hidden in his underwear shortly before the plane landed, but passengers and flight crew members subdued him and extinguished flames that erupted when the device briefly set his clothing on fire.

The plane was carrying 289 people.

"As this investigation and prosecution have shown, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is a remorseless terrorist who believes it is his duty to kill Americans," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Justice Department news release after the sentencing.

At the Supermax facility, AbdulMutallab joins Ramzi Yousef, leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, so-called "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, Atlanta Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph and "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski among an inmate population of more than 450.

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  1. Ken in NC

    Put him on a C-130, fly him back to his home and let him step out of the plane with the assurances that if he survives he will be released. Oh I never said anything about landing the plane for him to step out.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    Take one .45 round – dip it pigs blood – and shoot this animal in the head.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Barack Obama

    IF I had a son, he would look just like Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nigel Dixon

    Those damn Calvin Kleins needed a recall

    April 17, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    Just tell me when dies.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Darlene Buckingham

    HE was let on the plane without a passport. How much clearer does it have to be that this was a set up so that the TSA can get down everyones under pants.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phil Spectre

    Didn't the Underwear Bomber blow his own gonads off?

    April 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Frank Mondana

    I'm sorry, this guy might have been deadly serious with intent but the execution only made him come up short. Nobody can call him a baldFACE liar and he will no longer seed anyone's....thoughts with similar zest. No longer can he stand at attention, but simply stand there limply and looking down at a burned out wasteland. His ideas were strong and his manhood was simply burning up with rage....

    Never mind...

    April 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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