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Bank robber shot by Swedish police

A 19-year-old man suspected of robbing a branch of Swedbank in Huddinge in southern Stockholm on Wednesday and taking a woman hostage, was shot and wounded by police after suspicions emerged that he was carrying explosives.

Bank robber shot by Swedish police

Ulf Lindgren at Stockholm police confirmed that police officers had shot at the man.

“But I don’t know how many shots nor how serious his injuries are,” he said.

In a statement, the police say that the bank branch was evacuated and blocked off after the 19-year-old took a woman hostage shortly after noon.

“Because the perpetrator and the hostage were left in the building, the police’s special negotiators were called in,” the police said in a statement.

After a time, the armed man came out of the building together with the woman.

“When they came out police successfully separated the perpetrator from the hostage and in connection with the arrest a situation arose in which the police fired shots at the perpetrator, who could then be arrested,” continued the police statement.

The 19-year-old was hit in one arm and one leg and was taken to Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge for treatment. The hospital had not issued any information regarding the man’s condition by Wednesday afternoon.

Police at first believed that the man was carrying explosives as he entered the bank, prompting them to call in bomb technicians who later determined that the item wasn’t an explosive device.

The 19-year-old first burst into the bank wearing a mask at around lunchtime on Wednesday.

He reportedly threatened staff with a item resembling a pistol. No one was physically injured in connection with robbery.

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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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