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'Underwear bomber' arraigned on new charges

December 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The man charged with trying to blow up an airliner last Christmas was arraigned on new charges Thursday.Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appeared in a Detroit courtroom to face charges that include conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.

The 24-year-old Nigerian is accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to the United States by detonating explosives in his underwear on Christmas Day last year.

A judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Abdulmutallab is acting as his own lawyer, but he's being advised by lawyer Anthony Chambers.

Chambers suggested on Thursday that he will challenge the government's case against the defendant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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