Air France flight makes emergency landing amid bomb scare

Passengers from the evacuated Air France flight that landed in Kenya early Sunday
(Image credit: Kenya Airports Authority/Twitter)

An Air France flight headed from Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing in Kenya early Sunday after a passenger reported a suspicious device in the bathroom, authorities said. The airline has since called the incident a "false alarm," BuzzFeed News reports. The object was "believed to be an explosive device," according to a tweet from the Kenya Airports Authority.

Several passengers were questioned, and bomb experts inspected the device, The Associated Press reports. All 459 passengers and 14 crew members were evacuated safely.

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France has been in a state of emergency since 130 people died in Nov. 13 terrorist attacks said to have been carried out by the Islamic State.

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Editor's note, 10:34 a.m.: This story has been updated to reflect the airline's statement that the incident is a "false alarm."

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