Well, that was fast: A U.S. grand jury indicted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, he of the explosive unmentionables on Northwest Flight 253, on six counts Wednesday. Charges against the 23-year-old Nigerian included attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder. Abdulmutallab will have the chance to enter a plea at his arraignment, which could happen as early as Friday, according to the BBC. –KA


The counts are:

• attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction

• attempted murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the US

• willful attempt to destroy and wreck an aircraft

• willfully placing a destructive device in or near an aircraft which was likely to endanger the safety of the aircraft

• two counts of possession of a firearm, ie the bomb, in furtherance of violent crime.

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