Gumi: my comments on soldiers misunderstood

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Islamic Ahmad Gumi Tuesday said he not referring to present-day army when he claimed that troops were deployed along religious lines.

He quoted as saying that non-Muslim soldiers killed bandits, which in turn led to reprisals.

Army had said it did not deploy troops along ethnic or religious lines and accused of wanting to “disparage to portray it in a bad light”.

In an interview BBC News Pidgin, Gumi said: “There is a misunderstanding in the . When I speak about the religious issue in the army, I’m not referring to today’ army.

“The issue is from 2010-2015 when some were in charge of the army and when a lot of bad things happened. It during that time bombings happened everywhere.

“It happened in Jaji and we lost a popular Muslim and it was God that saved me because they planted a bomb me.”