Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi has stated that security confrontation is not the only means to tackle the growing threat of terrorism and extremism in Egypt.
"Countering extremism is not carried out by security means only but also by religious efforts," Al-Sisi said in a prize-giving ceremony for winners of Quran recitation and memorization competition held in Cairo Thursday evening.
Addressing the attending senior religious figures, Al-Sisi said "You have a responsibility in this regard and you and me will be accounted for." He urged Al-Azhar scholars to exert more efforts to uproot the extremist ideas and counter extremists by refuting their discourse.
The President also vowed to bring to justice the terrorists who have recently attacked an army post and killed over 22 soldiers. "I swear by God, we will not let them beat the rap," he said, adding that he is confident of the victory in his battle against extremism.
The 22 soldiers were killed when unidentified militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine-guns attacked a checkpoint in Egypt's western desert last Saturday.
Since the army ousted the former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Egypt has been rocked by deadly bombings and shootings.
Most of the assaults have been claimed by jihadists amid a bloody crackdown by the authorities on Morsi's supporters. The police crackdown has left more than 1,400 dead in street clashes, more than 16,000 behind bars and around 200 people sentenced to death.