, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says several passengers aboard an Air France plane that was diverted to Kenya following a bomb alert were being interrogated.
Nkaissery, who flew to Mombasa early Sunday, said the plane had been removed from the runway and investigators were working in liaison with officials in Mauritius and France.
“Ongoing investigations will determine whether the gadget found is a bomb. Investigators are working in liaison with France and Mauritius,” Nkaissery told journalist during a briefing at the Mombasa International Airport.
“A number of passengers are still under interrogation,” he emphasised.
The minister also held a meeting with the Kenya Airports Authority officials in Mombasa and visited other passengers who were booked into hotels in the North Coast.
The Air France plane was en-route from Mauritius to Paris and made an emergency landing in Mombasa after a suspicious device was found in the lavatory.
It had 459 passengers and 14 crew members on board.
“It requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory,” Police Spokesman Charles Owino said, adding “all passengers were safely evacuated and the device taken out.”