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Rwanda: Downward Spiral

Card Number 5533

Number
5533
Date
Friday April 8, 1994
Title
Rwanda: Downward Spiral
Extracted from
Excerpt from U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Secretary's Morning Summary, April 8, 1994
File name
Size
71363 bytes
Pages nb.
1
Source
Public records
NSA
Language
EN
Abstract title
This summary for top State Department officials reports that "Rwandan troops had kidnapped and killed" Belgian troops serving in the UN mission, as well as the murders of Rwandan government ministers. It also reports "the army high command" assertion that "a missile fired by Hutu hardliners in the presidential guard (PG) downed the aircraft" carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. State Department analysts conclude "The PG hardliners were operationally in a position to take action"; although evidence is lacking because "the PG has sealed off the site", it is notable that "no one in the Rwandan high command is blaming the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) for shooting down the plane."
Abstract
A missile fired by Hutu hardliners in the presidential guard downed the President's aircraft