Abdulmutallab Is Indicted
Counts include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2010 2:57 PM CST
A 2001 photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A federal grand jury today indicted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on charges that he tried to blow up Detroit-bound Flight 253. The grand jury indicted the 23-year-old Nigerian on six counts, the most serious of which is the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. It carries a life sentence. No specific mention of terrorism is mentioned in the seven-page indictment.

The other five counts are: attempted murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, willful attempt to destroy and wreck an aircraft within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, willfully placing a destructive device on an aircraft, and two counts possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.