- The Prime Minister of Rwanda and three UN military observers were killed.
- General Habyarimana: a strange navy blue look and an iron fist. He had ruled Rwanda since a coup in 1973. Burundi President Ntaryamira, a 39-year-old elected in January after his predecessor was assassinated in an attempted coup. Common point of the two heads of state: they were Hutu, the majority ethnic group in Burundi and Rwanda. They were just returning from a summit in Tanzania, a summit to try to find a settlement to the ethnic wars that bloody the two countries.
- In Burundi as in Rwanda, two former Belgian colonies, a strong minority of the Tutsi ethnic group claims a share of power in the hands of the Hutu. The perpetrators of the attack could precisely be Tutsis. They had the promise, through agreements signed in August, to play a role in Rwanda. But these agreements remained a dead letter.
- Since October, the situation between Tutsi and Hutu has been explosive again. The massacres responded to the massacres in Burundi. And the Burundian army, almost exclusively Tutsi, repressed the clashes with the population very harshly. More than 700,000 people had to flee and became refugees.
- Yesterday's attack [April 6] is likely to set these hilly countries ablaze very quickly. France is worried: Paris is studying the repatriation of French people to Rwanda. The French army in the Central African Republic has been put on alert, as every time a destabilizing element occurs in the French zone of influence on the continent.