The man who bombed a gay bar in Atlanta seven months after exploding a bomb at the 1996 Olympic Games in the same city will spend the rest of his life in jail under a sentence handed down yesterday.

Eric Rudolph received the sentence of life imprisonment without parole for planting a nail bomb at the Atlanta Olympics in July 1996, killing one person and injuring more than 100, Reuters reported.

The sentence also took in Rudolph’s 1997 bombings of Atlanta gay club the Otherside Lounge and an abortion clinic in the city, both of which injured several people.

After evacuating the Otherside Lounge, authorities found a second, unexploded bomb nearby, reported.

Rudolph, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to the three Atlanta attacks and the 1998 bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic, apologised for the Olympic Games blast, which he said was a protest against abortion.

But he made no mention of the other attacks.

I sincerely hoped to achieve my objectives without harming innocent civilians, Rudolph said.

Rudolph has already received a life sentence for the Alabama blast.

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