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Explosives residue found on Somalia plane, airline's chief says

Published 04/02/2016

A gaping hole in the plane forced it to make an emergency landing. (AP)
A gaping hole in the plane forced it to make an emergency landing. (AP)

The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged by an explosion shortly after take-off from Somalia says investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives on the plane.

Daallo Airlines CEO Mohammed Ibrahim Yassin told The Associated Press from the carrier's corporate office in Dubai that it is too soon to say a bomb was to blame.

He said the airline has temporarily suspended its operations in the Somali capital following the incident but hopes to restart them soon.

The Airbus A321 was carrying 74 passengers when an explosion blew a hole in the fuselage. One passenger remains unaccounted for, though residents in a town north of Mogadishu have found the body of a man who may have been sucked from the plane.

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