Middle East

After Sinai attack, Egypt leader says tough battle ahead

FILE -- In this June 1, 2016 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaks during a press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. El-Sissi spoke to the private ONTV network late on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, saying Egypt faces a tough battle as it struggles “alone” against insurgents and the terror threat from an Islamic State affiliate based in northern Sinai. His remarks came a day after a brazen militant attack, involving a truck bomb, killed at least eight in the Sinai city of el-Arish. El-Sissi says there are 25,000 troops in that part of Sinai Peninsula, where fighting has raged for years against militants.  (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

FILE -- In this June 1, 2016 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaks during a press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. El-Sissi spoke to the private ONTV network late on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, saying Egypt faces a tough battle as it struggles “alone” against insurgents and the terror threat from an Islamic State affiliate based in northern Sinai. His remarks came a day after a brazen militant attack, involving a truck bomb, killed at least eight in the Sinai city of el-Arish. El-Sissi says there are 25,000 troops in that part of Sinai Peninsula, where fighting has raged for years against militants. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)  (The Associated Press)

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

El-Sissi 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.