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Police warned ahead of crazed knife attack

Friends of the man who went on a crazed knife attack in Varberg in western Sweden on Sunday, killing one and injuring two and leading to his own death, had previously warned police over his state of mind.

Police warned ahead of crazed knife attack

“The information was that he was not feeling very well and that they were worried about him,” said Jonas Bergman at Halland police to the GT Expressen daily.

A description of the man was also provided to police who were unable to prevent the knife attacks which led to one woman’s death and two men being rushed to hospital with stab wounds.

Police were called at around 10am on Sunday morning following the stabbing of a man on Gamla Kyrkbacken in central Varberg.

While police were hunting the suspect an hour later reports filtered in of further stabbings on Lilla Drottninggatan. A man in his late teens and an elderly lady are reported to have been stabbed at the location.

The suspect was later shot by police after refusing to surrender his weapon and subsequently died of his injuries.

Early Monday morning, there was no new information about the condition of the two men stabbed condition, according to Varberg Hospital.

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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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