DETROIT -

A Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane in 2009 claims he was the victim of excessive force after he "assaulted" several officers in his prison cell.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab filed a handwritten request with a judge Thursday asking that no excessive force be used against him when he defends his Islamic religion. He says he was restrained in his cell Wednesday.

In another request, Abdulmutallab wants to be released and be judged by the Quran, the Muslim holy book. He is charged with trying to blow up an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas Day 2009.

Abdulmutallab is being held at a federal prison in Milan while awaiting a fall trial in Detroit. A phone call seeking comment from prison officials was not answered Thursday.