‘Underwear Bomber’ Pleads Guilty

    In this courtroom drawing, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appears in U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds' courtroom in Detroit, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Jury selection in the trial of the Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear got under way in Detroit with a dozen people accepted into the jury pool and four excused. The government alleges Abdulmutallab says he wanted to become a martyr when he boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam on Christmas 2009. In the background is U.S. District (AP Photo/Jerry Lemenu)

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    In a surprise plea, alleged “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to eight charges at the opening of his trial in Detroit. “That’s right,” he said when the judge asked him if he would like to waive his right to a trial. Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, hid explosives in his pants on a Christmas Day flight in 2009, allegedly seeking to destroy a flight headed to Detroit. He later told the FBI that he was working with al Qaeda in Yemen. The bomb did not go off, and passengers apprehended him. He faces a sentence of life in prison.

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