INTERNATIONAL: Air France flight forced to land in Kenya after suspected bomb found in lavatory

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INTERNATIONAL: Air France flight forced to land in Kenya after suspected bomb found in lavatory
An Air France Boeing 777-300ER plane takes off on June 11, 2013 at Roissy Charles de Gaulle international airport, in Roissy-en-France, outside of Paris on June 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Air France Boeing 777-300ER plane takes off on June 11, 2013 at Roissy Charles de Gaulle international airport, in Roissy-en-France, outside of Paris on June 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Air France Boeing 777-300ER plane takes off on June 11, 2013 at Roissy Charles de Gaulle international airport, in Roissy-en-France, outside of Paris on June 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

HUFFINGTON POST – An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to land in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa after a device suspected to be a bomb was found in the lavatory, a Kenyan police official said Sunday.

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., police spokesman Charles Owino said.

“It requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory,” Owino said.

The plane was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members on board and had left Mauritius at 9 p.m., Owino said

All passengers were safely evacuated and the device was taken out, said Owino. Bomb experts are analyzing the suspected explosive, he said.

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  1. How did the suspect device get into the lavatory? Was it accidentally discharged from someone's keyhole? But on a serious note if the device was really an explosive device then this is a worrying development for air travel.

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