A bomb has been found onboard an Air France plane travelling to Paris carrying 459 passengers.
Pictures have emerged online of the device as officials confirmed two passengers are being quizzed by police. The plane was forced to land following the discovery of the device in a toilet. The flight carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members had taken off from Mauritius when the suspected device was found.
The plane was forced to divert to Mombasa in Kenya where passengers and crew were evacuated.
Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino said: “It requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory.”
The suspected device was removed from the plane and is now being investigated by experts. The airport was completely closed while the operation was carried out.
Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said on his Twitter account that the Boeing 777 aircraft with 459 passengers and 14 crew was safely evacuated after it landed at Moi International Airport at 12:37 a.m. on Sunday local time. "Bomb experts from the Navy and DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) have retrieved the device and are determining whether the components contained explosives, ” Boinnet said.
On October 31, all 224 people on board a Russian plane were killed after it was downed by a bomb on board.