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Faisal Shahzad Sentenced to Life in Prison for Botched Times Square Bombing

Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old American citizen of Pakistani descent, was pulled off a flight several days later as he tried to flee to Dubai. He admitted building the device and lighting the fuse himself. It was just luck that his skills as a bomb builder were insufficient. The former budget analyst from Connecticut received $15,000 for his plot and about five days of training from the Pakistani Taliban
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Faisal Shahzad Sentenced to Life in Prison for Botched Times Square Bombing
Faisal Shahzad (Personal Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Faisal Shahzad has been sentenced to life in prison for his botched attempt to kill Americans by driving a homemade car bomb into Times Square last spring and leaving it to explode.

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The bomb packed into the back of Shahzad's SUV fizzled, injuring no one at the crossroads of New York City teeming with restaurants, Broadway theaters, and tourists.

However, the Pakistan-born, U.S. citizen was not so lucky when a federal judge handed down his mandatory life prison term Tuesday.

Shahzad, who referred to himself as a Muslim soldier, pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts for the attempted May 1 bombing.  He told the judge a defeat of the United States is imminent.

Two days after his failed plan to kill Americans, FBI agents and New York Police Dept. detectives apprehended Shahzad trying to board a flight to Dubai.

Prior to the botched attack, Shahzad, a budget analyst living in Connecticut, had returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan.

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