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Air France Makes Emergency Landing in Kenya after Bomb Scare

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Airport workers are seen near the Air France Boeing 777 aircraft that made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Dec. 20, 2015.

Airport workers are seen near the Air France Boeing 777 aircraft that made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Dec. 20, 2015.

An Air France flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspicious device was found in a lavatory.

Air France CEO Frederic Gagey said the device didn't present any danger to passengers and was a "false alarm".

The Boeing 777 was headed to Paris from Mauritius when a passenger noticed something that looked like a stopwatch mounted on a box.

The passenger reported the device to the flight's crew who informed the pilots.

The plane then made an emergency landing at the airport in the Kenyan city of Mombasa. All 459 passengers and 14 crew were safely evacuated.

Some of the passengers who were aboard Air France plane arrive at a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, from Moi international airport Mombasa, Dec. 20, 2015, after their Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to land in the Kenya because a suspicious package was found in the lavatory, a Kenyan police official said.

Some of the passengers who were aboard Air France plane arrive at a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, from Moi international airport Mombasa, Dec. 20, 2015, after their Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to land in the Kenya because a suspicious package was found in the lavatory, a Kenyan police official said.

Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery told reporters on Sunday at Mombasa's Moi International Airport that Kenyan authorities were working with their French and Mauritian counterparts to determine the nature of the device.

Kenyan police said six passengers were being questioned over the incident, including the man who reported the package.

Officials said the device has been removed and that no explosives have been found.

The airline said they were rerouting the passengers to France. "This Mombasa - Paris flight is scheduled to leave in the late afternoon of Sunday, December 20," it said.

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority said on its Twitter account that flights from Mombasa airport were disrupted due to the emergency landing.

Two Air France flights from the U.S. to Paris were diverted last month after bomb threats were received. No bombs were found on the planes from Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Some material for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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