The indictment said the bomb, concealed in his underwear, was designed for Abdulmutallab to detonate it at a time of his choosing.
Abdulmutallab's attempt to blow up the aircraft was thwarted by passengers and crew on the plane who extinguished the flames and restrained him.
The six counts are:
1 count: Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
1 count: Attempted murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the US.
1 count: Wilful attempt to destroy and wreck an aircraft.
1 count: Wilfully placing a destructive device in or near an aircraft which was likely to endanger the safety of the aircraft.
2 counts: Possession of a firearm, (the bomb) in commission of a violent crime.
The arraignment will be held on Friday, where the charges will be read to Abdulmutallab and he will have the opportunity to enter his plea.
US Attorney General Eric Holder said that the investigation into the bomb plot was "fast-paced, global and ongoing, and it has already yielded valuable intelligence that we will follow wherever it leads".
"Anyone we find responsible for this alleged attack will be brought to justice using every tool - military or judicial - available to our government," he said
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