Army Justifies Shooting Shiites With Trump’s Video



Nigerian Army yesterday posted a video of US President Donald J. Trump on its official Twitter handle @HQNigerianArmy saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones at the military, to justify the killing of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites.

The army captioned the video “Please watch and make your deductions,”

In the 48 seconds video which was latter taken down by the Nigerian army after public outcry that trails the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.

“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” said Trump in remarks made on Thursday.

“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”

Nigeria’s defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria said 49 of its members were killed after the army and police fired live bullets at crowd that marched near and in the capital Abuja early last week.

The army’s official death toll was six.

Amnesty International said Wednesday it had “strong evidence” that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people in an “unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police”.

“The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters,” said Agim.

“Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed,” said Agim.

“We intervened only because the IMN members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us…at security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle.”

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