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Guyana Man Gets Life Sentence on Failed US Terror Plot

Kareem Ibrahim (C), pictured here on August 6, 2007, in Trinidad, before his extradition to the U.S.

A United States judge has sentenced a Guyana man to life in prison for his role in an unsuccessful plot to set off a bomb at a New York airport.

Prosecutors say Kareem Ibrahim provided operational support for the plot to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy airport in 2007.

Ibrahim was found guilty of conspiracy last year after a four-week trial.

Two other co-defendants also got life sentences. They include a former Guyana parliamentarian Abdul Kadir,and a U.S. citizen, Russell Defreitas, who used to work as a cargo handler at the airport.

Prosecutors say the former airport worker initiated the plan. Authorities say the attack was aimed at avenging what they considered the mistreatment of Muslims worldwide.

The fourth co-defendant, Abdel Nur, a Guyana militant was given 15 years for providing material support.

The case against the men based on informant information and surveillance of the former airport cargo handler in which they boasted about their plan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.