US: 'Underwear bomber' said he worked for al-Qaida

August 26, 2011 - 4:50 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a passenger jet as it neared Detroit in 2009 told agents after being taken into custody that he was working for al-Qaida.

The government made the disclosure Friday in a court filing in Detroit. Prosecutors say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) made statements about his "mission, training and radicalization," shortly after being removed from the plane and later at a hospital while being treated for burns.

Abdulmutallab is trying to have the statements thrown out before his October trial because he was not told of his Miranda rights against self-incrimination. The government says those rights don't apply if authorities believe there may be an immediate threat to public safety.

Authorities say he hid explosives in his underwear.