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Hells Angels behind MC gang attack: report

A man was shot in the leg, another was stabbed and a third received a blow to the head with an axe when a group of men stormed into a motorcycle gang premises in Skene in western Sweden.

The police are investigating reports from the victims that the Hell Angels were behind the attack which took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The three injured parties, who are all men aged 25-30-years-old, were taken in private cars to the hospital, where the police were informed of the incident.

It remained unclear to which motorcycle gang the injured men belong.

“I have no information about that,” said Ulla Brehm at Västra Götaland police.

The Hell Angels have been linked to similar attacks in recent months.

In early May 18 men linked to the gang attacked a biker party outside Kalmar in southern Sweden, assaulting eight people with punches, kicks and weapons.

“There have been a number of incidents where they have strayed into someone else’s territory,” said Lars Öjelind, the national police commissioner for gang-related crime, to the TT news agency.

Öjelind is not familiar with the latest case in Skene, but explained that tension has been building between the rival gangs throughout the summer and autumn.

“But it’s been up and down. Right now it’s been pretty quiet for a while, as far as we can see. But it is a tense situation between a number of these kinds of groups,” he said.

No one has yet been arrested in connection with the attack in Skene. Police have classified the incident as attempted manslaughter.

A forensic examination of the premises was conducted on Saturday as well as several interviews with witnesses.

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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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