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Autistic woman attacks boy in Gothenburg

A 30-year-old woman suffering from autism attacked a five-year-old boy while on a walk with caregivers in Gothenburg on Monday. The woman is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

The woman was out walking with two medical orderlies and a guard at around 5pm on Monday in the Gothenburg suburb of Västra Frölunda.

When the group turned a corner onto Svängrumsgatan the woman made a dash for it.

She ran straight at a five-year-old boy playing on his bike in the vicinity and pushed him onto the ground. She then kicked him in the face.

The woman was quickly restrained by her caregivers.

“If you hadn’t stopped me I would have beaten him to death,” the Expressen newspaper reports her having said.

Anders Oxelbrand with the Frölunda police confirmed that the boy had been taken to hospital with face wounds.

“This was really ugly, this could have ended in disaster,” Oxelbrand told Expressen.

The woman was arrested and taken in by police for questioning on Monday evening. She is being detained on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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