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Bomb scare forces French plane to make emergency landing in Mombasa

By WINNIE ATIENO

Passengers aboard Air France flight No 463 headed from Mauritius to France were on Sunday morning forced to cut short their trip after a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in one of the plane’s toilets.

After the discovery the pilot made an emergency landing at the Moi International Airport, Mombasa.

Bomb experts from the Kenya Navy were called and immediately removed the device to safety outside the airport.

The Boeing 777 plane with 473 passengers on board was diverted to Mombasa at around 3am and immediately cleared to land.

All the 473 passengers were screened at the airport lounge and taken to safety in hotels where they were also receiving care and counselling.

The Kenyan security officials were said to be zeroing in on two passengers who appeared suspicious.

At the same time, bomb experts were conducting a major search inside the plane.

The Mombasa security team and airport security in Mombasa also secured the airport and all critical facilities around.