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Police foil Umeå security depot heist

A dramatic shoot out after a robbery at a security depot in Umeå in northern Sweden left one of the robbers with gunshot wounds as four of the gang were arrested.

Police foil Umeå security depot heist

The gang set off explosives outside the warehouse belonging to cash courier company Loomis Sweden in Umestaden in Umeå but were unable to gain access to the premises.

Local police were quickly on the scene and started firing at the gang members, injuring one. He was taken to hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening.

“I can say that when the police arrived at the scene shots were exchanged in self defence during which a person sustained gun shot wounds,” said Carina Lundberg at Umeå police to news agency TT.

Lundberg confirmed that national police’s counter terrorism and organised crime unit had been called in to assist local police.

“We have also requested help from the National Investigation Department (Rikskrim), we need all the help we can get at the moment,” she said.

The commanding officer of the organized crime unit, Bertil Olofsson, was unwilling to comment on whether the plans to rob the facility were known to the police beforehand nor why the unit was already in place in Umeå.

“We arrested four of them and we have information that there are more people on the loose so we are continuing to chase them,” Olofsson told AFP at 2pm.

According to local newspaper Västerbottens Kuriren, three-four masked and armed police stopped a car in Sävar outside of Umeå and arrested the driver, although police were unwilling to confirm the details.

The police operation is ongoing, as they suspect that a large number of people may have been involved in the heist.

The robbers tried to blow their way into the Loomis securities register centre in Umestaden, Umeå at 9.20am on Sunday.

“They tried to blow up an entrance door, but did not manage to gain access to the premises. Our staff there are unhurt, but they are naturally shaken. It was quite an explosion,” said Stefan Wikman at Loomis Sverige AB to TT.

Wikman declined to reveal how much cash was being stored at the depot, but said he believed the gang struck on this date as Swedish salaries are set to be paid out overnight.

“It is natural that more cash is handled at this time because of (the forthcoming) payday,” he was quoted as saying.

As the alarm over the robbery was sounded a car exploded outside the garage at the main police station, but police managed to get out despite the disruption and could quickly make their way to Umestaden.

“It would appear that there is a link to the robbery,” said Carina Lundberg.

Police are continuing their investigation on Sunday afternoon and have appealed for information in their hunt for further possible suspects.

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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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