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Plane carrying 459 passengers forced to land after discovery of suspicious device in toilet

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A passenger plane travelling to Paris has been forced to land following the discovery of a suspected bomb in a toilet.

The Air France 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.

Passengers can be seen evacuating from the plane following the discovery of the suspected device

Passengers can be seen evacuating from the plane following the discovery of the suspected device

“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.

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