By Vickie Thomas

DETROIT (WWJ) – More witnesses are set to testify today in Detroit federal court in the terrorism trial of 24-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of hiding a bomb in his underwear on a Christmas Day 2009 flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Mike Zantow testified Tuesday that Abdulmutallab took a small bag to the bathroom. While Zantow didn’t think anything of it, prosecutors say the defendant was performing a cleansing ritual to prepare for death.

Another one of the passengers aboard flight 253 was Alain Ghonda. Ghonda told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas he has had insomnia since the attack, and he worries about people who surround him. He also said he still has emotional effects from that day.

Ghonda was the first person to stand up and yell “fire” after Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to set the bomb off in his underwear.

Opening arguments got underway Tuesday.


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