Kenya investigating device that caused Air France flight to make emergency landing

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MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) -- Kenyan authorities are investigating the nature of a suspect device found in a toilet aboard an Air France flight from Mauritius that made an emergency landing at Kenya's port city of Mombasa, its interior minister said on Sunday.

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

He said that an undisclosed number of passengers who were aboard the flight were being questioned about the suspect device, but did not say if they were under arrest.

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A picture taken on December 20, 2015 shows an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris grounded at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, after a suspected bomb was found on board. An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya early today after a suspected bomb was found on board, police said. Navy and police bomb experts were called in to determine if there were any explosives on board the plane, which had 459 passengers and 14 crew members aboard. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers board a bus at Moi International Airport in Mombasa as their Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris is grounded after a suspected bomb was found on board on December 20, 2015. An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya early today after a suspected bomb was found on board, police said. Navy and police bomb experts were called in to determine if there were any explosives on board the plane, which had 459 passengers and 14 crew members aboard. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers of an Air France plane which made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport walk in front of the airport after being evacuated from the plane in Mombasa Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 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. (AP Photo/Edwin Kana)
An Air France plane which made an emergency landing is seen behind passengers boarding on a small jetliner at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 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 passengers shown in this photo are not the Air France plane evacuees. (AP Photo/Edwin Kana)
Some of the passengers onboard Air France plane arrive at a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, from Moi international airport Mombasa, Sunday 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 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." (AP Photo)
Some of the passengers who were aboard an Air France plane arrive at a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, from Moi international airport Mombasa, Sunday 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 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." (AP Photo)
Some of the passengers who were aboard Air France plane arrive at a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, from Moi international airport Mombasa, Sunday 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 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." (AP Photo)
Passengers of an Air France plane which made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport ride on a bus after being evacuated from the plane in Mombasa on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 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. (AP Photo/Edwin Kana)
Passengers of an Air France plane which made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport ride on a bus after being evacuated from the plane in Mombasa Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 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. (AP Photo/Edwin Kana)
An Air France jet liner which made an emergency landing is seen at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 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. (AP Photo/Edwin Kana)
An Air France plane which arrived at Moi International Airport, Mombasa, Kenya Sunday Dec. 20, 2015 to pick passengers after a bomb scare on their earlier flight from Mauritius. (AP Photo)
A Kenyan Police officer keeps vigil as passengers go through security screening at Moi International Airport Mombasa Kenya, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 after their earlier flight was involved in a bomb scare and they were evacuated to different hotels in Mombasa. (AP Photo)
A passenger who was injured at Moi International Airport after their Air-France plane made an emergency landing, in Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday Dec. 20, 2015, after they were officially informed of the bomb-scare in the plane they were traveling in. The passengers are due to be evacuated from Mombassa later Sunday. Six passengers are being questioned over the incident, a Kenyan police official said Sunday, also advising that no explosives have been found on the suspicious device.(AP Photo)
Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, centre back in check shirt, France Consulate in Mombasa Mohamed Ramazani, third from right, Permanent Secretary Monica Juma, back second left, Kenya Airport acting manager Yatich Kangugo, left, and Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa, second right, in Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday Dec. 20, 2015, talking to passengers who were onboard the AirFrance plane forced to land in Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday Dec. 20, 2015. The passengers are due to be evacuated from Mombassa later Sunday. Six passengers are being questioned over the incident, a Kenyan police official said Sunday, also advising that no explosives have been found on the suspicious device. (AP Photo)
Passengers who were onboard the AirFrance plane forced to land in Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday Dec. 20, 2015, react after they were officially informed of the bomb-scare in the plane they were traveling in. The passengers are due to be evacuated from Mombassa later Sunday. Six passengers are being questioned over the incident, a Kenyan police official said Sunday, also advising that no explosives have been found on the suspicious device.(AP Photo)
Passengers who were onboard the AirFrance plane forced to land in Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday Dec. 20, 2015, after they were officially informed of the bomb-scare in the plane they were traveling in. The passengers are due to be evacuated from Mombassa later Sunday. Six passengers are being questioned over the incident, a Kenyan police official said Sunday, also advising that no explosives have been found on the suspicious device. (AP Photo)
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Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said on his Twitter account that the Boeing 777 aircraft headed to Paris with 459 passengers and 14 crew, was safely evacuated after it landed at the airport at 12:37 a.m. on Sunday (2137 GMT Saturday).

"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.

"They are (being) taken care of by Mombasa's airport ground staff and will be accommodated. An investigation is being led by the authorities to identify the source of the threat," it said.

The airline said it was working to re-route is passengers and was sending another plane to Mombasa to fly them to Paris.

"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.

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