Nigerian man indicted in Christmas Day plot to blow up plane


Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 3:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 3:08 p.m.

DETROIT — A grand jury has indicted a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

This Dec. 2009 photo released by the U.S. Marshal's Service on Monday Dec. 28, 2009 shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Milan, Mich. Abdulmutallab, 23, has been charged in federal court with trying to detonate an explosive device on a Dec. 25 flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

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The six charges against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO-mahr fah-ROOK ahb-DOOL-moo-TAH-lahb) include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder. The indictment was filed Wednesday.

Authorities say the 23-year-old Abdulmutallab was traveling to Detroit from Amsterdam when he tried to ignite an explosive aboard the airliner. Passengers pounced on him and prevented disaster.

He is being held at a federal prison in Milan, Mich.

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