Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 dead

Islamic militants on Monday staged a two-pronged assault in the heart of the largest city in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, lobbing grenades and trading gunfire with guards at an unused Coptic church to distract from a bank robbery across the street.

By the time the attack was over, seven people were killed, including a child, and 17 million Egyptian pounds (about $1 million) were reportedly stolen.

The assault came just a day after the Islamic State group attacked military checkpoints in a nearby town, killing nine soldiers. The attacks underscored the extremists' ability to carry out spectacular assaults despite Egypt's all-out efforts to contain the long-running insurgency in...