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Woman found bound and gagged by motorway

Three people have been detained after a 24-year-old woman was found bound, gagged and dumped by the E4 motorway near Uppsala on Tuesday evening.

The woman was found at around 9.40pm after a car driver noticed her by the side of the E4 southbound outside of Uppsala, according to the local Uppsala Nya Tidning (UNT) daily.

“We went there and found her bound and left at the location,” said Tommy Karlsson, Uppsala county police officer.

The woman was taken to hospital to asses the extent of her injuries. Police are meanwhile attempted to locate an interpreter to establish what has happened to her.

The woman was dumped leaning by a fence around 500 metres north of Mora services.

“She was presumably dumped there from a car,” Karlsson told UNT.

According to the newspaper the woman is originally from Mongolia and she will be interviewed by police on Wednesday morning.

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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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