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History of Africa
Who started the Rwanda?
"The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994.
A recent French official report blamed current Rwandan President, Paul Kagame.
The report - extracts of which appeared in the daily, Le Monde - said French police had concluded that Mr Kagame gave direct orders for the rocket attack.
Rwanda has rejected the report, describing it as a "fantasy".
Within hours of the attack, a campaign of violence spread from the capital throughout the country, and did not subside until three months later.
But the death of the president was by no means the only cause of
's largest genocide in modern times.