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Jury selected in Detroit underwear bomb case

Testimony, evidence starts next week

DETROIT — A 12-member jury and was quickly selected Thursday after two long days of interviews in the Detroit trial of a Nigerian charged with trying to bring down an international flight with a bomb in his underwear.

An attorney assisting Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had earlier complained of feelings of "anger, pain and vengeance" among the final jury pool of more than 40 people, but soon agreed with prosecutors and the judge on 12 jurors and four alternates.

Abdulmutallab is charged with using a bomb in his underwear to try to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam on Christmas 2009. Nearly 300 people were on board.

Opening statements are set for next Tuesday.

During one-on-one interviews in court this week, virtually all potential jurors were familiar with the attempted attack. The challenge for lawyers and the judge was getting them to reveal whether that knowledge would prevent them from serving as a fair juror.

Names and most personal details of prospective jurors were not divulged. Abdulmutallab is acting as his own lawyer but, with one exception, left the questioning to his court-appointed standby attorney, Anthony Chambers.

Abdulmutallab has indicated he may give his own opening statement next week.

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