Nightly News   |  October 11, 2011

‘Underwear bomber’ trial kicks off in Detroit

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up a passenger plane headed to the United States on Christmas Day two years ago, went on trial Tuesday in Detroit federal court. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: A man accused of trying to blow up a passenger plane headed to the US on Christmas Day two years ago now, he went on trial today in Detroit in federal court there. Prosecutors told the jury that the so-called underwear bomber, who's representing himself in this case, by the way, went to an airplane bathroom late in the flight, performed a religious purification ritual, washing and perfuming himself before returning to his seat, trying to set off the bomb that was sewn into his underwear. You'll recall this was the attempted attack that led to those full-body scans and the intrusive pat-downs at airports across this country.