Teenagers seize hostage in detention centre escape

Two teenage boys escaped from a secure treatment centre in Uppsala in central Sweden on Saturday night. A female member of staff was seized as hostage.

The two boys are aged 16 and 17 and managed to force their way out of the locked building in which they were accommodated by holding a sharp implement at the throat of the female staff member.

Whether she was forced to unlock the door or whether they managed to force it open is not yet clear.

The woman was released by the teenagers a short distance from the Sirius treatment centre. The boys fled the scene and remain on the loose on Sunday morning.

According to Kenneth Sundin at Uppsala police the woman escaped unscathed but for a small cut on her throat.

Police deployed search dogs during the night to look for the teenagers, but the search has now been called off.

“We do not have anything specific at the moment as we do not know we should look. We have no search zone,” Per-Erik Eriksson at Uppsala police to news agency TT.

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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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