Assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira
On the evening of 6 April 1994, the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira, both Hutu, was shot down with surface-to-air missiles as their jet prepared to land in Kigali, Rwanda. The assassination set in motion the Rwandan genocide, one of the bloodiest events of the late 20th century.
|Date||April 6, 1994|
|Summary||Shot down by surface-to-air missiles|
|Site||Presidential Palace gardens, Kigali, Rwanda |
|Aircraft type||Dassault Falcon 50|
|Flight origin||Dar es Salaam International Airport, Tanzania|
|Stopover||Kigali International Airport, Rwanda|
|Destination||Bujumbura International Airport, Burundi|
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Responsibility for the attack is disputed, with most theories proposing as suspects either the Tutsi rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) or government-aligned Hutu Power followers opposed to negotiation with the RPF.