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Vietnamese Gets 40 Years in US Prison for Attempting to Bomb UK Airport

© AFP 2022 / Andrew CowieAn armed British policeman secures terminal 4 at Heathrow airport, London.
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Vietnamese national Minh Quang Pham was sentenced to 40 years in US prison for conspiring to commit a suicide bombing attack on London’s Heathrow International Airport in 2011, the US Department of Justice said in a statement on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — According to court documents, 33-year-old Pham, who also used the alias Amin, traveled from London to Yemen in 2010 to receive training from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

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"This sentence holds Minh Quang Pham accountable for his terrorist activities, including providing material support to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and receiving explosives training from Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen for the purpose of committing an attack in the United Kingdom," Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said.

Al-Awlaki instructed Pham to carry out a suicide terrorist attack inside Heathrow airport, targeting planes arriving from the United States or Israel, the Justice Department said.

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When he was arrested at Heathrow airport in 2011, UK authorities found Pham to be in possession of electronic media documenting his time in Yemen and a live round of armor-piercing ammunition.

Pham pleaded guilty in January to providing material support to AQAP, conspiring to receive military training from the terrorist group and to possessing a machine gun "in furtherance of crimes of violence."

Pham will be extradited to the United Kingdom after completing his US prison term, the Justice Department noted.

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