NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A Kenyan police official says six passengers are being questioned over a suspected bomb found on an Air France plane that forced the jet that was flying to Paris from Mauritius to make an emergency landing in Kenya.
The police official, who is part of the investigation and insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to give information to the media, said during the flight a passenger noticed something in a lavatory which looked like “a stop watch mounted on a box.”
The passenger reported to the cabin crew who informed the pilots leading to an emergency landing at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa. He said one of those being interrogated is the man who reported the package.
Bomb experts are inspecting the device to see if it was an explosive, Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said at a press conference at the Mombasa airport.
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 12:37 a.m., Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino said.