The flight left the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius at 9.00pm local time headed for Paris Charles De Gaulle airport, where it should have arrived at 5.50am, but made an unscheduled landing at the southern port city’s Moi International Airport at 12.37am.
“It requested an emergency landing after a device suspected to be a bomb was discovered in the lavatory, an emergency was prepared and it landed safely and all passengers evacuated,” police spokesperson Charles Owino told the media.
Bomb experts from the Kenyan navy and police force were called in and took the device away to be dismantled and establish whether it contained explosives.
Air France said that it was in contact with the Kenyan authorities as the investigation continued, explaining that the passengers were given emergency accommodation and would be put on an alternative flight later Sunday.
While the airline “regrets the inconvenience and the delay that was caused to its customers,” its “priority is to ensure the safety of its passengers,” a spokesperson said.
Source: rfi afrique