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Sep 13, 2010 3:08 PM by Greg Boyce

Man charged with trying to blow up jet wants to plead guilty

DETROIT (AP) - A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an international flight near Detroit on Christmas has fired his lawyers and suggested he wants to plead guilty to some charges.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds advised Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab not to get rid of his attorneys, but he insisted. Edmunds then granted his request and asked if he had anything further to say. Abdulmutallab responded with, "If I want to plead guilty to some counts ... basically, how would that go?" Edmunds told him she couldn't advise on such matters.

Abdulmutallab's appearance at the federal courthouse Monday is his first since January. He's being held on charges that include attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Nearly 300 people were aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

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