Nigerian Army Defends Shooting Of Shi'ites With Trump's 'Firearm' Video

AFP | Nigeria's army put the death toll at six but the Islamic Movement of Nigeria said 49 of its members had been killed

AFP | Nigeria's army put the death toll at six but the Islamic Movement of Nigeria said 49 of its members had been killed

The number of Shia Muslim protesters killed by Nigeria's army in the capital, Abuja, in clashes which began at the weekend, has not been independently verified.

In the video, which was originally aired on November 1, 2018, Trump was recorded issuing a warning to migrants who attempt to forcefully gain entry into the country.

The army's official Twitter account posted a video, "Please Watch and Make Your Deductions", showing Trump's anti-migrant speech Thursday in which he said rocks would be considered firearms if thrown toward the US military at the nation's borders.

The Nigerian army quickly seized on Trump's comments, posting a video of Trump's speech on Twitter and telling viewers to draw deductions. This was ostensibly in reference to the raging debate that soldiers pelted with stoned by Shi'ites in Abuja should not have responded by firing gunshots.

"They met the soldiers in the call of their duty, and the soldiers tried to defend themselves", The Guardian quoted army spokesman John Agim as saying.

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"They want to throw rocks at our military, [then] our military fights back", he continued.

"We released that video to say if President Trump can say that rocks are as good as a rifle, who is Amnesty International?". "What are they then saying?"

"We're not going to put up with that", Trump said in the clip.

Agim said if David could kill Goliath with a stone, stones should be considered as weapons. The human rights group said the protesters were killed by security forces using automatic weapons on Saturday and Monday in Abuja, the capital, and the neighboring state of Nasarawa.

According to the Times, videos posted to social media did show some protesters throwing rocks before being shot in the back as they ran away.

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"Our soldiers sustained injuries", he added.

The military posted photos of six slingshots and one pocketknife to its Facebook page as evidence of the protester arsenal. While the Nigerian government put the number of those killed by gunfire at 3 according to New York Times, International organizations such as Amnesty International put the number of deaths at more than 40.

The Nigerian military tells a different story.

I will tell you this, anybody throwing stones, rocks; like they did to Mexico - the Mexican military, the Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico... He said the army's decision to fire on protesters was justified because they were armed. No president should be embracing the horrific use of excessive force. Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group, labels Shia as "heretics" and demands that they be killed.

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