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Axeman rampage comes to bloody end

A man was left seriously injured after he was attacked by an axe-wielding man near Stockholm on Saturday.

Witnesses looked on as a group of men chased a lone man into a residential area in the southern Stockholm suburb of Svedmyra at around lunchtime on Saturday.

One of the men was armed with an axe and the victim was dealt several blows to his person, leaving him nursing serious injuries to the head and back.

The assailant then fled the scene in his car and was later found bleeding profusely at nearby metro station. He was rushed by ambulance to Karolinska University Hospital in Solna.

“What exactly has happened remains unclear. One or more cars fled the crime scene. Then one of the cars crashed into another at a roundabout and a punch up broke out between the drivers,” said Catharina Nordin at Stockholm police to news agency TT.

The cars were later found discarded at the edge of a wood. In one of the cars lay a bloody axe and four people found at the scene were taken in for questioning.

One of the detained had been hit on the head with an iron bar and he was later taken to hospital.

By 8pm in the evening all of those detained had been released from police custody.

According to Stockholm police the attack is probably part of a vendetta. The people involved are known to police but all have declined to cooperate, rendering the facts difficult to establish.

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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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