Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an explosive device in his underwear aboard a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit, pleaded guilty Wednesday.
AbdulMutallab had been indicted on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence.
AbdulMutallab was a passenger on Northwest Airlines flight 253 en route from the Netherlands. After returning from the bathroom, he pulled a blanket over his head, "pushed the plunger on the bomb and prepared to die," Jonathan Tukel, chief of the National Security Unit for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Michigan, said in opening statements.
U.S. officials say the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the alleged bombing attempt.
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