Kenya: Probe over suspected bomb scare on Air France flight from Mauritius

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities Sunday launched an investigation into a suspected device removed from an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris that made an emergency landing in Kenya.

Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the Captain of the Air France flight from Mauritius sent a distress call after a passenger notified the crew of a suspected device in the aircraft’s lavatory.

“Last night, the airport received a distress call from Air France plane coming from Mauritius. The security committee in Mombasa swiftly moved to the airport to receive the aircraft. The passengers have been distributed in three hotels,” Mr. Nkaissery told reporters in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Kenyan Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnett said the Air France aircraft left Mauritius at 2100 hours for Paris, France, with 459 passengers and 14 crew members.

“A passenger noticed a suspicious device in the lavatory and informed the crew who notified the captain. They requested Moi International Airport Mombasa for emergency landing. They were authorized at 0037 hours. The passengers were evacuated to safety,” Boinnett said.

Sources said at least four passengers were being questioned over the device found on board the aircraft.

The device was speedily removed from the airport by bomb experts from the Kenya Navy, and is currently being examined by the experts.
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20 december 2015 11:20:33




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