Air France passenger detained after fake bomb found

'Bomb Alert Was False Alarm'

PARIS (AP) -- An Air France passenger has been detained after a Paris-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya because of a fake bomb hidden in a lavatory.

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The prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of Bobigny announced the arrest in a statement Monday. It is part of an investigation prompted by a lawsuit by Air France for reckless endangerment.

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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)
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The suspect was not identified.

The lawsuit does not name a perpetrator but leaves it to investigators to determine who might eventually be sent to trial.

The bomb scare Sunday was the fourth such hoax against Air France in recent weeks, and comes as France and several other countries are on heightened alert for extremist violence.

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