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Muslim leaders condemn Flight 253 attack

Muslim leaders condemn Flight 253 attack
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is seen in a mug shot released by the U.S. Marshals Service on December 28, 2009. Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate a bomb attached to his body on Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25. He was overpowered by passengers and crew before setting off the explosive device. UPI/U.S. Marshals | License Photo

DETROIT, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A group of Muslims leaders said Friday the terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253 bound for Detroit portrays their religion in a negative light.

The Detroit News said Victor Begg, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, was among those Muslim leaders condemning the Christmas Day attack ahead of a court appearance by the Nigerian man accused of perpetrating the 2009 attack.

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"Muslim Americans want to make it clear that Islam stands for life, not death," Begg said a Detroit news conference.

The suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon to be arraigned.

The 23-year-old Nigerian is accused of attempting to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear while on board the U.S.-bound flight from Amsterdam, The Detroit News said.

Abdulmutallab is facing as much as life in prison if convicted on charges ranging from attempted murder to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

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