Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting Shiites

Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting Shiites

Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting Shiites

In a speech from the White House yesterday, Trump said USA troops-5,200 of which he deployed to the border earlier this week-won't tolerate members of the migrant caravan who throw stones. "Please watch and make your deductions", the tweet read. The group organizes frequent protest marches.

In the wake of the deadly violence earlier this week, the U.S. embassy in Abuja urged the Nigerian government to "conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law". As for the troops faced with rock-throwers, "they don't have to fire", he added.

In Thursday's speech, Mr. Trump said any rocks thrown at the military would be treated like "a firearm".

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

"They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", Trump told another reporter at the news conference.

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

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

Agim said if David could kill Goliath with a stone, stones should be considered as weapons.

IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown killed 300 of his supporters who were buried in mass graves, according to rights groups. Videos of the confrontations show the military opening fire as protesters hurl rocks, and shooting numerous fleeing demonstrators in the back, The New York Times reported.

The Nigerian military said three protesters were killed, but the toll appears to have been much higher. The IMN said that the military killed at least 49 people with their live bullets.

The Nigerian Army had opened fire on Shi'a protesters during their annual religious trek, which led to the death of more than 40 members of the sect.

The most populous country is nearly equally divided with Sunni Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. Shia Muslims, however, are an often persecuted religious minority.

Despite its history of massacring innocent civilians in the war with Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, detaining innocent citizens and raping women and girls fleeing war-torn communities, the Nigerian military has been the recipient of warplane sales and other gear from the United States.

The incident has garnered a fury of responses towards both the Nigerian military and Trump from Nigerians and global observers alike. He also praised a politician for body slamming a journalist, as well as, accused the free press of being "the true enemy of the people" and "fake news".

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