Trial To Begin For Man Accused In Underwear Attack

DETROIT (AP) - Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of a Nigerian man charged with trying to detonate a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009 as an international jetliner with 290 people aboard approached Detroit.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has an attorney assisting him but he's acting as his own lawyer. He'll likely interview prospective jurors Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

The 24-year-old is charged with trying to destroy Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam. The bomb caused smoke and fire but didn't explode.

Prosecutors have a confession, witnesses and a video of Abdulmutallab explaining his suicide mission for al-Qaida. He told agents that he was directed by U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. military strike last week in Yemen.