Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Breaking News: Underwear bomber pleads guilty
The Nigerian student has pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a plane over Detroit with a bomb hidden in his underwear, the Associated Press reports.
The plea comes on the second day of the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
He is accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day 2009.
The bomb didn’t work, but Abdulmutallab was badly burned. Hours later in the hospital, he told the FBI that he was working for al-Qaida in Yemen
Update at 10:23 a.m. ET: Free Press writer David Ashenfelter, who is liveblogging from the courthouse in Detroit, says Abdulmutallab says he understands his rights and wants to plead guilty. The judge then goes over the penalties.