Air France flight forced to land in Kenya over bomb scare

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Nairobi - A Kenyan police official says an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris has been forced to land in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa after a device suspected to be a bomb was found in the lavatory.

Police spokesperson Charles Owino said on Sunday the Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 was heading to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris when the pilots requested an emergency landing at the Moi International Airport at 00:37.

Owino said the plane was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members on board and had left Mauritius at 21:00.

Owino said a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory. He added all passengers were safely evacuated and the device taken out.

He said bomb experts are investigating the device.

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