After Sinai attack, Egypt leader says tough battle ahead

2017-01-10 18:16
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (Fady Fars, AP)

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (Fady Fars, AP)

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Cairo - The Egyptian president says the country faces a tough battle as it struggles "alone" against insurgents and the terror threat from an Islamic State affiliate based in northern Sinai.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi warns the "price will be very heavy" in the fight to combat terrorism.

His remarks came shortly after a brazen militant attack, involving a truck bomb, killed at least eight in the Sinai city of el-Arish on Monday.

El-Sisi says there are 25 000 troops in that part of Sinai Peninsula, where fighting has raged for years against militants.

El-Sisi spoke to the private ONTV network late on Monday.

The northeastern Sinai region has been a militant hotspot for several years.

Violence escalated after the military's ouster of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group.

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