DAVOS: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that militant attacks such as the one on the Army Public School in Peshawar can not be rationalised.
"This kind of atrocity can never be rationalised," said Kerry adding that, "We can't change minds without knowing what's in them.”
On December 16, 2014, as many as seven militants stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar and killed around 150 students and teachers. There were over 1,000 students and teachers in the school at the time of the attack.
In an emotional speech on Friday on the horrors inflicted by extremist groups, Kerry said that in the fight against "terror", there was "no room for anti-Semitism or Islamophobia".
"Violent extremism has claimed violence at every corner of the globe and muslim lives most of all," Kerry said.
"There is no room for sectarian division. There is no room for anti-Semitism or Islamophobia," he added.
Kerry told an audience in Davos that he would visit Nigeria "in a couple of days" as part of a Washington push to counter extremist groups, including Boko Haram.
"In the weeks to come we... have to strengthen our efforts in Somalia, intensify our efforts to end violence in Nigeria, that's why I m going there in a couple of days," he said.
After the speech, a spokesperson for Kerry confirmed that he would be in Lagos on Sunday and meet with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Shared at #wef15: world can’t sit back & assure ourselves that extremism is containable. No country insulated. Must counter at roots.— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 23, 2015
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