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US: Text message from a top al-Qaida leader led to plans to bomb a Detroit-bound plane in '09
DETROIT (AP) ' The U.S. government has disclosed new details about the relationship between a Nigerian who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound plane and a man described as his mentor in the attempted act of terrorism.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) faces a life sentence when he returns to court next week. In a filing Friday, prosecutors say he actively pursued al-Qaida figure Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2009.
The government says they first communicated through text message and eventually spent days together plotting to destroy a U.S.-bound jetliner. Prosecutors say the details were disclosed by Abdulmutallab during his talks with the FBI in 2010.
Al-Awlaki and the bomb maker were killed by a U.S. drone attack last year. He was an American-born cleric and one of the best-known al-Qaida figures.