Air France Bomb: Retired French police officer arrested on arrival in Paris

Suspected bomb found on Air France flight
A photo supposedly showing the bomb found aboard the Air France flight which landed in Mombasa this morning.

Prosecutors have revealed that a retired French police officer, who was traveling on the Air France flight which was forced to make a detour to Mombasa following a bomb hoax, has been detained in custody today (Monday 12 December) on arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The arrest is part of an investigation prompted by a legal complaint filed by Air France on Monday for reckless endangerment. The lawsuit does not name a perpetrator but leaves it to investigators to determine who might be prosecuted, allowing Air France to seek damages in an eventual trial.

Joseph Nkaissery said the suspect was among six passengers questioned Sunday in Kenya.

The Kenyan Interior Minister said Kenya alerted French authorities about the suspected involvement of this man and a traveling companion in placing the fake bomb in the bathroom. He said sniffer dogs traced the package back to their seats and the bathroom.

The hoax is the fourth against Air France in recent weeks and comes amid heightened concerns about extremist violence in many countries and travel safety.