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Man leaps from balcony after police stand off

An armed man was arrested on Friday afternoon after he leapt from a balcony following a stand off with police at an apartment block in Ludvika in central Sweden.

The man barricaded himself into an apartment in Ludvika Gård in Ludvika shortly before lunch on Friday and was arrested at around 3pm.

“We had a negotiator there who had contact with the offender over the phone. It was one of the reasons that he gave up – if one can put it that way – and that he could be arrested,” said police spokesman Bo Eriksson.

According to the local Dalarnas Tidningar daily, the man jumped from a balcony and attempted to hide. He was then arrested unarmed by police officers.

The apartment was on Friday subjected to a search and inspection by police technicians.

“What will be done now is to conduct a search and site survey in the apartment and around the area to find any weapons or other things that may be useful to the investigation,” Eriksson explained.

According to the police, there were two other people in the apartment at the time and when asked whether the incident could be construed as a hostage situation, Bo Eriksson replied:

“Yes, a little. I don’t know yet exactly what has happened and what has been said. We’ll have to wait until a couple of interviews have been conducted.”

The incident has preliminarily been classified as aggravated assault and weapons offences.

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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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