Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Egyptian militant group Hasm claims Cairo bomb attack http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474770 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/10/01/504802/movement__1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A recently emerged militant group called the Hasm Movement claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in Cairo on Friday that killed six policemen.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The organisation, which has claimed several attacks in Egypt in recent months, made the announcement in an Internet posting.</div> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:23:00 +0000 Reuters 2474770 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/10/01/504802/movement__1.jpg Bomb kills civilian, injures three police in northern Egypt - security sources http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474769 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/29/504802/egyptian_police.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A roadside bomb in northern Egypt killed a civilian and injured three policemen on Friday in the second attack on the security forces in a day, security sources said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The latest attack in the Kafr El Sheikh governorate in the Nile Delta followed a bombing in Cairo in which six policemen were killed in an attack claimed by an Islamist militant group.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in northern Egypt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:17:00 +0000 Reuters 2474769 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/29/504802/egyptian_police.jpg IS threatens Egypt Sufis after claiming cleric murders http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474768 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/11/20/505446/lrhb.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Islamic State group has threatened Egyptian followers of the mystical Sufi strand of Islam after claiming it beheaded two of their clerics in its Sinai Peninsula stronghold.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The group&#39;s affiliate in Egypt released pictures last month of a scimitar-wielding executioner beheading two elderly men it accused of &quot;divination,&quot; a practice traditional Islam forbids.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Relatives identified one of the two men as Suleiman Abu Heraz, a Sufi sheikh in his late 90s. The second man was identified as one of his disciples.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Their bodies have not been found.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the latest edition of the IS weekly newsletter Al-Nabaa issued on Thursday, a militant identified as the head of the jihadists&#39; &quot;morality police&quot; in the Sinai warned Sufis to renounce their beliefs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He said Abu Heraz and fellow cleric Qatifan Breik Eid Mansour were executed for &quot;professing knowledge of the occult&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We tell all Sufi lodges, sheikhs and followers inside Sinai and outside that we will not allow the presence of Sufi orders in the Sinai or Egypt,&quot; he was quoted as saying.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Reports of Abu Heraz&#39;s murder drew condemnation from Muslim clerics in Egypt and abroad.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&#39;s top Sunni authority, Al-Azhar, denounced his killing as &quot;an ugly crime.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Islamic State group follows the puritanical Salafist school of thought -- the dominant one in Saudi Arabia -- which views some Sufi practices as heretical.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Salafists accuse the Sufis of polytheism -- the greatest sin in Islam -- for seeking the intercession of saints and visiting their graves.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jihadists have blown up Sufi mausoleums across the Islamic world from Afghanistan to Mali.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Many Muslims in Egypt and elsewhere regard the Sufis as part of the mainstream.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The head of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb, practises Sufism, as have many leading Sunni Muslim clerics over the centuries.</div> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:14:00 +0000 AFP 2474768 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/11/20/505446/lrhb.jpg Uber not to raise fares until January 31 http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474719 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/06/09/504802/uber.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Uber transportation network company in Egypt will not raise fares until January 31, in a move that aims to celebrate the company&#39;s second anniversary in Egypt, according to a press statement Uber issued on Wednesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The company also announced it would not take profits from drivers throughout December and January until it decides on the increase of fares, in light of recent fuel price hikes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;In light of the current difficult economic situation and the increase in fuel prices, Uber will allow drivers to take 100 percent profit from all rides (until January 31),&quot; the statement read.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Cairo governor Atef Abdel Hamid approved on November 21 new tariffs for white taxis, following an increase in fuel prices due to the recent flotation of the Egyptian pound and the cancelation of fuel subsidies by the Egyptian government.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Uber service is not subjected to taxes, unlike white taxis. White taxis renew their license every year, whereas Uber cars renew their license every 3 years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Uber, now active in more than 300 cities globally, launched in Egypt in late 2014, managing to lure hundreds of thousands of customers away from the general taxi service.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:41:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2474719 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/06/09/504802/uber.jpg