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The tweet, which has since been deleted, referenced a video of Trump where he suggested that US soldiers on the country's southwestern border may open fire if migrants throw rocks at them.

Trump said in a speech on Thursday that rocks thrown by migrants on the US-Mexico border should be considered as firearms.

On Friday, the army's official Twitter account posted the footage of the US President with the caption "Please watch and make your deductions" after coming under criticism for killing Shiites on the outskirt of capital Abuja. "We're not going to put with that", the president said in the video. If they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back.

According to The New York Times, social media videos show Muslim protesters throwing rocks at soldiers and then being shot in the back as they attempted to run away.

Regarding the deaths on Saturday and Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said it is concerned and is urging "restraint on all sides".

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".

"They (the Shiites) fired weapons at own troops, throwing bottle canisters with fuel, large stones, catapults with risky objects and other unsafe items at troops causing bodily harm and stopping motorist movement, breaking their windscreen and causing heavy traffic", the army had said.

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Members of IMN have been demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been in custody for 34 months, the BBC reports.

Nigerian army points to Trump's recent comments on rock-throwers to justify deadly attack on Shia protesters.

The Nigerian army's justification for killing protesters highlights a growing concern about whether Mr Trump's hostile rhetoric incites violence and chaos.

The police arrested 400 IMN members on Tuesday for engaging in a violent protest and for setting ablaze a police patrol vehicle parked in front of a shopping mall on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

The video of Trump speaking, Nigerian defense spokesperson John Agim told AFP, "was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist [Shia] protesters".

Earlier in a statement responding to Trump's remarks, Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: "We reject these vicious policies". What did David use to kill Goliath? Over the a year ago, the USA provided training and security equipment worth $600 million to Nigeria's military.

Samantha Power, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, tweeted an image of the now-deleted Twitter post by the Nigerian military.


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