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Trial to begin for man accused in underwear attack

DETROIT (AP) - Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of a Nigerian man charged with trying to detonate a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009 as an international jetliner with 290 people aboard approached Detroit.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) has an attorney assisting him but he's acting as his own lawyer. He'll likely interview prospective jurors Tuesday in Detroit federal court.
The 24-year-old is charged with trying to destroy Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam. The bomb caused smoke and fire but didn't explode.
Prosecutors have a confession, witnesses and a video of Abdulmutallab explaining his suicide mission for al-Qaida. He told agents that he was directed by U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. military strike last week in Yemen.

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