Failed Nigerian bomber in court today
The 23-year-old Nigerian man who attempted to bomb a US airliner with an improvised explosive strapped to his underwear is appearing in a US court today Friday January 8, 2010 charged with terror offences.
The man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was indicted Wednesday with six charges. The charges include attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and attempted murder of the 290 passengers and crew on the Amsterdam to Detroit flight.
Mr Abdulmutallab was badly burned when the explosive he hid in his underwear caught fire but failed to blow up as Northwest Airlines Flight 253 began its descent into Detroit.
He will appear in a federal courthouse in Detroit at 2.00 pm local time (1900 GMT).
Abdulmutallab was said to have been in Ghana on December 9, 2009 and stayed for two weeks before he travelled to Nigeria to embark on the journey to kill and die on Christmas Day, Ghanaian officials have said.
He is also reported to have bought the KLM air ticket for the trip in Accra.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi