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Family hurt after crash with hijacked taxi

A family of four were taken to hospital on Saturday evening after a 26-year-old man crashed into their car while driving into oncoming traffic in a hijacked taxi.

Wielding a knife, the man forced a taxi driver to hand over the keys to his vehicle while parked on Folkungagatan in the Södermalm area of central Stockholm at around midnight on Saturday night.

The man then proceeded to drive at high speed heading south until he was forced off the road by police vehicles giving chase on Huddingevägen.

But the man refused to accede, turned the hijacked vehicle around and headed back into traffic along the busy southern ring road.

Soon after the vehicle was involved in a violent crash with another taxi.

The taxi was carrying four passengers, including two children, who together with the driver were taken to hospital for treatment on their injuries. The 26-year-old man was also hurt in the crash.

Five of the injured were at 7am on Sunday morning being treated in hospital for various fractures and their condition is said to be stable, according to a report in the Expressen daily.

The condition of the youngest child is reported by the Aftonbladet daily to be serious but stable.

The 26-year-old man has meanwhile been arrested on suspicion of a series of criminal offences but had by 9am on Sunday not yet been interviewed by police.

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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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