Underpants bomber - Anwar is alive

2011-10-04 22:12

Detroit - A Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an international jetliner with a bomb in his underwear says a radical Islamic cleric killed by the US military is alive.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab made the statement on Tuesday morning in a federal courtroom in Detroit, where jury selection began in his terror trial.

Abdulmutallab was referring to American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed last week by a US air strike.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Abdulmutallab was directed by al-Awlaki and wanted to become a martyr on Christmas 2009 when he boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam.

Read more on:    anwar al-awlaki  |  umar farouk abdulmutallab  |  us  |  us terror threat

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