Cairo airport officials find bomb on Libya plane

People sit with their luggage while waiting for flights at Cairo International Airport on January 31, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images

CAIRO - Officials at Cairo's international airport say they have found a bomb planted in a plane that arrived from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

A team of explosive experts was summoned. They removed the bomb from the plane and defused it far away from the airport buildings.

The officials said a steward found the bomb Wednesday in a cabinet for paper towels in one of the plane's bathrooms. The experts searched the plane but found nothing else suspicious.

Airport security questioned the crew, looked for fingerprints and reviewed information on recent passengers, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under airport rules.

The plane was scheduled for a return flight to Tripoli Wednesday. The plane's operator, Libyan Airlines, sent another plane in its place.

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